Goodwater, Northcote

MELBOURNE | There’s a new bar in Northcote called Goodwater, and it’s from a team of friends who have worked at some of Melbourne’s best bars. It’s a neighbourhood bar with a cosy, unpretentious local’s vibe, and a focus on American whiskey.

That team consists of Nate White (Bar Margaux), Fred Siggins (Whisky and Alement, The Black Pearl), Cara Devine (Bomba), April Hudson (The Keys), John Hallett (The Everleigh), Yao Wong (The Elysian) and Kia Rasteh (Honey Barrel).

Named for the Algonquian word for the Mississippi River, you’ll find maps of ‘Goodwater’ on the exposed brick walls of the venue, with warm lighting, timber tables floors, and a big red rug. Out the back, is a surprisingly spacious courtyard, weatherproofed to be enjoyed year-round. It’s a fitout that goes well with the ethos of Goodwater. A serious drinks list for whiskey aficionados, but also approachable spot for those who just want a drink and to chill.

About that drinks list. Behind the bar you’ll find one of Australia’s best whiskey selections. Over 200 bottles of the good stuff, keenly priced at all levels of the price spectrum. There’s your go-to core range bottles from the likes of Mitcher’s and Maker’s Mark, experimental whiskeys from up-and-coming distillers the likes of which haven’t been seen in Australia before, and old rare bottles that are no longer in production.

Tell the knowledgeable bar staff what you like, and they’ll happily guide you towards something you’ll enjoy, telling you the story of the bottle, the distiller, and why they think you’ll like it.

If whiskey isn’t your thing, there’s still plenty of reasons to visit Goodwater. There’s a smaller, but no less considered, selection of other spirits behind the bar, and a cocktails list featuring the classics and house creations. All house cocktails are designed to work three ways – short and strong, tall and refreshing, or non-alc. There’s also beer, wine, and other non-alc options.

If you’re feeling peckish, the food menu features snacks inspired by regional American dishes and flavours. Think crinkle-cut fries with Old Bay seasoning, French onion grilled cheese sandwiches, and sticky glazed General Tso’s chicken ribs.


300 High Street
Victoria 3070

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Wed – Thu: 5:00pm to 1:00am
Fri – Sat: 5:00pm to 2:00am
Sun: 5:00pm to 11:00pm



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