Bird, Brunswick East

MELBOURNE | Bird is a new bar tucked away down a side street in Brunswick East, focusing on quality drinks and all things chicken. Housed where fish and chip shop Scales, and Jack Horner before that, once stood, the space is unrecognisable. Natural materials, low lighting, and a mixture of bar, table, couch, and outdoor seating combine for a welcoming atmosphere.

It’s the kind of place you don’t stumble across unless you know that it’s there. Co-owner Luke Elia and his team want Bird to be a local’s spot, which is fitting given that it’s at the base of an apartment complex. Service is friendly, and there’s a noticeable comradery amongst the team.

The long bar features an impressive array of drinks. An all Australian list of over 300 spirits, and 14 taps featuring craft beer and wines from local, independent breweries and wine makers. There’s a short list of house cocktails, along with all of the classics, and alcohol-free options. I’m a big fan of the “Winner Winner”. If features blended malt whiskey, macadamia and wattleseed liqueur, lemon, and cacao bitters.

For food, the menu focuses on chicken, inspired by the various ways you find it served across the USA and other places around the world. Think buffalo wings, salt and pepper ribs, and buttermilk-brined Southern-style fried chicken. The thighs, served tender and on the bone, with a bowl of gravy made using chicken drippings, are especially delicious.

Beyond chicken, there’s sides like chips, mash and gravy, and slaw. There’s also a very decent selection of vegan options like popcorn cauliflower, hickory smoked BBQ eggplant, and charred cabbage with lentils, peas, and buttermilk labne.


179 Weston Street
Brunswick East
Victoria 3057

Telephone: (03) 9387 0595
E-mail: [email protected]

Sun – Thu: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Fri – Sat: 5:00pm to 11:00pm


Falafel Omisi, Yokine

Volare, Maylands

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.


Falafel Omisi, Yokine

Volare, Maylands

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