Published: Nov 12 2019
5 of the Best Bars in Moonee Ponds
Moonee Ponds is home to a selection of bustling bars. Whether you’re in the mood for an afternoon wine in the sun, or you’re looking to sample the local craft beers, this vibrant area has it all. Discover our top 5 bars in Moonee Ponds, all located within close proximity of our Mason Sq. precinct.
If it’s excellent tapas and a massive wine selection you’re after, look no further than Valley Cellardoor. Owned by brothers Mark and Tony Pendreich, this moody Hall Street bar boasts over 230 bottles of wine, that sit on the timber-clad walls of the store. There’s also 60 ciders and an epic 150 craft beers on offer, with everything from dark Belgian ales to local brews available. The selection changes weekly so be sure to approach Valley Cellardoor with an open mind.
If you’re overwhelmed by the offerings (it’s more than likely), chat to one of the knowledgeable staff members. They’re always more than happy to lend a hand or suggest a drop. Feeling peckish? Take advantage of the bar’s BYO food policy with a DIY cheese platter, or order in takeaway from a nearby restaurant.
Address: 18-20 Hall St, Moonee Ponds
Hipsters rejoice – Penny Young is the trendy northside bar Moonee Ponds has been waiting for. The epic selection of beers (350+) sees people come from far and wide to sample a brew or two, luckily you'll only have to walk down the road. Described by owners as a ‘beer hall’, Penny Young boasts 18 rotating craft beers on tap at any one time. With a focus on local beer, you’ll find brews from across the country with a couple of international drops thrown in the mix for good measure.
Those who live at nearby Rise or Focus on Mason, will love that this buzzing brick-fronted bar is located just a few minutes away. The atmosphere at Penny Young is electric, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights. Need something to accompany your beer? Order a pizza from the small but sufficient bar menu.
Address: 22 Young St, Moonee Ponds
Strangeloves Wine Bar
You probably wouldn’t expect it from looking at it, but this cosy little wine bar is home to nearly 500 wines. Husband and wife duo Chris and Nikki Exell started Strangeloves in 2010 as an intimate option for a glass (or bottle) of wine. The dark, timber-centric space has been awarded two “glasses” by Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards, so you know it’s top quality. If you’re not a big vino fan, Strangeloves also stocks a staggering collection of gin and whisky.
With conversation-level music, this bar is perfect for date nights and friendly catchups alike, with a small tasting menu available should you feel hungry. We love the ‘Fancy Pants’ cheese selection with baked brie and camembert as an ideal sharing option.
Address: 577 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds
This iconic Melbourne institution needs no introduction. Situated alongside the Maribyrnong River, The Boathouse is equally perfect for summertime drinks in the sun, and cosy winter catchups. On warmer days, we recommend setting yourself up on the spacious outdoor deck beneath a shady gum.
A healthy selection of burgers, pizzas, salads and fresh seafood are available on offer daily, while the modest yet comprehensive drinks list includes beer, wine and cocktails. After a spritz (or three), you’ll be glad to live within walking distance from The Boathouse at any of our Mason Sq. apartments including Rise, Focus on Mason, Hall St or Margaret St.
Address: The Boulevard, Moonee Ponds
The Suburban Cellar Door
For Australian small batch wine without the pretention, the Suburban Cellar Door is the perfect choice. This boutique bottle shop and wine bar, located on Moonee Ponds’ buzzing Puckle Street, is the kind of place you can meet friends for a glass of wine or craft beer on your way home.
The focus here is on local wine with minimal intervention that doesn’t compromise on quality or taste. It’s all about championing local vignerons who are creating top quality products right in our backyard. While it might sound a little boujee, the team at the Suburban Cellar Door don’t actually care about your pronunciation – they just want to share their favourite healthy drops with you.