5 of the Best Bars in Northcote

Whether you’re in the mood for a lazy afternoon pint or a glass of low-intervention organic red at an intimate wine bar, Northcote’s buzzing High Street precinct has it all. Read on to discover five of the best bars in Northcote, each within easy walking distance of Verso Apartments.

Low Key

Low Key is one of Northcote’s top spots for fuss-free drinks. As in, if it can’t be poured directly into a glass, you won’t find it here. Housed in an old Victorian residence, this laidback bar serves up craft beers on tap, a couple of tinnies, several rotating wines and your standard selection of spirits. There’s a front bar, a cosy back room with fireplace, and even a beer garden out the back. Feeling peckish? Order in takeaway pizza from Primo across the road.

Address: 59 High Street, Northcote
Instagram: @lowkeybar

Buck Mulligan’s

This cosy Irish whiskey bar and bookstore is the perfect place to while away a few hours, paperback and drink in hand. Named after a character from James Joyce’s classic Irish novel Ulysses, it’s no surprise that the shelves are lined with Irish fiction, poetry and plays (with a couple of Aussie titles thrown in for good measure). The bar stocks a variety of top-shelf Irish whiskeys, alongside bottles from Scotland, Australia and Japan. Need a pick-me-up? Buck’s Irish coffee is not to be missed.

Address: 217 High Street, Northcote
Website: buckmulligans.com.au
Instagram: @buckmulligans

Northcote Social Club

Part-owned by the team behind Richmond’s Corner Hotel, this laidback live music venue is a northside stalwart. The Northcote Social Club underwent its second renovation in 2014, but thankfully retains all the hallmarks of a lovable suburban pub. It’s split into three main sections: old-school front bar, spacious beer garden, and 300-capacity band room, which attracts both up-and-coming and big name acts alike. Stop by on a Tuesday for $6 house wines. 

Address: 301 High Street, Northcote
Website: northcotesocialclub.com
Instagram: @northcotesocialclub

The Wesley Anne

Housed in a former 19th century church, the Wesley Anne is one of Northcote’s most picturesque and iconic pubs. From the Gothic-style main bar to the cosy band room and leafy beer garden out back, this place has your Friday knock-off drinks to your Sunday lunch, sorted. Live music plays most nights; on others, the space hosts trivia, stand-up comedy and everything in-between. To drink? Seasonal cocktails, alongside an extensive list of local beer and wine.

250 High Street, Northcote

Carwyn Cellars

Technically located in Thornbury, this family-owned bottle shop-cum-bar is the kind of place everyone wishes they had at the end of their street. The friendly team at Carwyn Cellars are proud to support small, local drink producers, with a penchant for rare, specialty drops you won’t find anywhere else. Beyond the bottle shop you’ll find a cosy bar and beer garden offering an impressive range of locally made and international beer, plus wines and spirits aplenty.

 Address: 877 High Street, Thornbury
Website: carwyncellars.com.au
Instagram: @carwyncellars