22 Whitehart Lane
Melbourne Vic 3001
Located down the end of an alleyway that bares the same name, Whitehart is the newest bar to open it’s doors, or shall I say gates, to Melbournians. Like so many other places in town, from street level it doesn’t look like much more than a few large shipping containers in a fenced yard. But within said containers is really a cool, multi level bar serving up craft beer and cocktails on tap. Despite sitting just meters from busy Elizabeth and Little Bourke Streets, it’s hidden behind a number of large buildings which shelter it from the surrounding chaos and almost provide the illusion that you’re well away from the CBD.
We were luck enough to be invited to the official launch and were really impressed by what we saw. It has a relaxed industrial feel thanks to the containers and surrounding yard, but that’s where the industrial theme ends. The bold metal structure is softened by mixed plants that line the bar area and booths. Recycled timber furnishings are foregone in favour of clean finishes and eye catching artworks provide an added level of character.
Offering a good variety of craft beers, local wines and of course cocktails, there is a drink to suit everyone. Despite not having a kitchen on site, the yard is the perfect space to park a food truck and so each week different vendors will be dishing up food to hungry patrons.
The highlight for me was the cocktail on tap. Yes, you read right, they have a spritz in tap. Poor Toms Earl Grey Spritz is a mix of Poor Tom’s gin, Aperol, Earl Grey syrup, lemon juice and soda. It was really refreshing and went down a treat on a warm Summers night. So if you’re looking for somewhere new and different for your next Friday night drinks or Sunday session, look no further than Whitehart.
I was invited as a guest of Whitehart and Zilla and Brook PR, however all opinions are strictly my own.