Bar Holiday, Carlton

MELBOURNE | Bar Holiday is a small bar in Carlton, opened by copywriter turned first time restauranteur, Matthew Hurst. It’s located on Lincoln Square, in the heart of the Melbourne’s university district, facing onto the park.

Matthew opened the bar in June 2021, just a few weeks before Melbourne was plunged back into lockdown. As a result, he’s had to pivot to more of a cafe style operation until lockdown ends, offering takeaway coffee, sandwiches and pastries.

When lockdown does end, and Bar Holiday is able to transform back into its intended form, what can you expect? Beer, wine, cocktails, and an Italian leaning food menu with things like cheese and charcuterie, pasta dishes, and Tuscan salads.

There’s two decks at the front of the bar, with live records spinning an assortment of tunes from the afternoon until late at night.

Popping past during lockdown and looking into the space, it looks really cozy and welcoming. I enjoyed visiting Bar Holiday in lockdown cafe mode, and can’t wait to return when it’s able to open as a bar.

Bar Holiday

19 Lincoln Square South
Victoria 3053

Telephone: 0423 843 850
E-mail: [email protected]

Tue – Thu: 3:00pm to 10:00pm
Fri – Sat: 3:00pm to 11:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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