MELBOURNE | Dr. Morse Abbotsford is a bar that somehow missed our radar when it first opened. We passed by earlier this year, and to our surprise discovered a bar full of good things that we didn’t know existed. Located next to Victoria Park Railway station, Dr. Morse offers coffee from a side window (Jr. Morse) by the day, before transforming into a proper bar in the evenings.
The inside is modern yet cozy, and venture out the back and a surprisingly spacious beer garden awaits, complete with covers and heaters and a barbecue which make Dr. Morse a great space all year round.
The drinks list is impressive, with a good selection of local and international craft beers along with a range of impressive and accessible wines and creative cocktails. Food is much more than an afterthought too, with the Modern Australian/Asian inspired menu featuring an array of enticing options. Try the panko-crumbed eggs Benedict with sriracha hollandaise, or the pigs ear crisps with wasabi mayo. Oh and even if you’re not hungry, you need to order the beef massaman loaded fries. You’ll be hungry when they come out and you take that first bite, trust us.
There’s a mural at Dr. Morse from one of the building’s earlier incarnations advertising “Dr Morse’s Indian Root Pills” as a cure to all sorts of ailments. Whether they worked or not is something that’s been left to the ages, but we know that a visit to Dr. Morse always makes us feel better. We only wish that we’d discovered the place sooner.
274 Johnston Street
Telephone: (03) 9416 1005
Mon – Thu: 7:00am to 11:00pm
Sat: 8:00am to 1:00am
Sun: 8:00am to 11:00pm