MELBOURNE | Husband and wife duo Oska and Dani Whitehart have worked at some of Melbourne’s top bars and cafes, and at Bar Bellamy, the first venue that’s their own, they’re kicking goals.
It’s a small local’s Euro-style bar housed in a vintage storefront, focusing on quality drinks and bistro snacks. A homely, welcoming spot that feels worn in, in the best possible way. Warm lighting, lots of wood and natural materials, and an eclectic vinyl collection playing over the speakers.
Oska’s cocktails are constantly rotating, riffing on classics with seasonal twists. Take the Nuclear Daquiri (Milk Punched). It combines Plantation 3 Star white rum, Wray & Nephew OP rum, green chartreuse, feijoa, falernum, and lime. The wine and beer list is small but mighty, focusing on quality over quantity.
Head chef Barney Cohen’s food draws upon Spanish and wider European bistro favourites. Things like devilled eggs, chicken liver parfait cannoli, and mussel croquettes. It’s all very tasty. Order a few snacks, or build a full dinner – the food works well either way.
Bar Bellamy is the kind of local’s gem you discover when you’re on holiday, the place you curiously walk into and unexpectedly find yourself spending hours in. I can’t wait to go back.
164 Rathdowne Street
Wed – Sat: 5:00pm to 1:00am
Sun: 12:00pm to 8:00pm