5 of the Best Bars in Cremorne
From a low-key jazz bar to a Mexican margarita oasis, these are our top five spots to get a drink near Cremorne, each within easy walking distance of The Malt District.
While Richmond is home to some of the best bars and pubs in Melbourne, neighbouring Cremorne has some equally noteworthy spots that are well worth a mention. From a low-key jazz bar to a Mexican margarita oasis, these are our top five spots to get a drink near Cremorne, each within easy walking distance of our Coppins Corner apartments at The Malt District.
Cherry Tree Hotel
Hidden away in the backstreets of Cremorne, the Cherry Tree Hotel boasts one of the best selections of craft beer this side of the river. This neighbourhood gem is run by the old crew behind Richmond's beloved Great Britain Hotel, so you know they’re serious business. Inside, you’ll find an ever-changing rotation of ales, from mostly Aussie producers; think Balter, Bridge Road Brewers, and Moon Dog. Live music and trivia nights go off, and the front beer garden is prime for pup-watching. Don’t miss the weekend $1 wings deal.
You’d be forgiven for walking straight past this unassuming little art-bar, curated by Matthew Grant of Melbourne’s premier cabaret venue, The Butterfly Club. But Cremorne’s KaDo Warehouse is quickly making a name for itself as an eclectic drinks destination, only five minutes’ walk from The Malt District. Open Thursday to Sunday (unless booked out for a private function), this art gallery, theatre and events space serves up expertly made cocktails with a side of low-key jazz. Don’t miss KaDo’s Sunday Soiree sessions for drinks and live music from 3pm ’til dusk.
Open for coffee and Croque Monsieurs by day, and champagne and oysters by night, Fred’s Bar truly has it all. This relaxed eatery and late-night bar is adjacent to contemporary European restaurant Frederic, owned by siblings Antoine, Edouard and Nathalie Reymond. Cocktails feature everything from a Sour Cherry Spritz with tarragon, Pampelle and Sloe Gin, to a Downtown Sour with chai-infused Australian Vermouth and Scotch whisky. You’ll also find beer, wine and spirits aplenty. Happy Hour deals include $14 Laurent Perrier champagne, best paired with at least a dozen $3 oysters.
South of the Wall
South of the Wall delivers punchy cocktails and vibrant Mexican eats just a hop, skip and a jump from Richmond station. Peruse the extensive drinks menu and you’ll find no less than 10 different margaritas, alongside an impressive array of tequila, mezcal, and several wine and beer options. Happy Hour drink specials run from 5–7pm on weekdays, but the Boozy Brunch Weekends are where it’s at. For just $59, you’ll enjoy all-you-can-eat-nachos, and all-you-can-drink specials every Saturday and Sunday from 1–3pm.
We couldn’t finish off this list without giving special mention to Richmond’s Corner Hotel. This southside stalwart is one of Melbourne’s top live music venues, centrally located just a two-minute walk from Richmond Station. The Corner’s open-air courtyard offers welcome relief from the appropriately dingy band room downstairs; think abundant natural light, tons of seating and plenty of lush greenery. Sip on a Pineapple Head cocktail with tequila, roasted pineapple, pineapple juice, lime and hickory smoke, or choose from a tight selection of wine, and several beers on tap.