MELBOURNE | Natural History Public Bar is a Collins Street drinking hole by 100 Burgers Group. They’re the people behind places like Belle’s Hot Chicken, Mr Burger, Murmur, Welcome to Thornbury, and Hightail). It’s a contemporary pub and piano bar with a 1940s theme inspired by New York City’s Natural History Museum and the grand steakhouses of the same city and era. The space is filled with vinyl table coverings, a red-and-black checkerboard floor, red vinyl and dark leather stools, green glass partitions, leather booths, dioramas and taxidermy.
For drinks it’s local craft beer along with a few more mainstream drops along with spirits, cocktails, and a very decent wine selection, over half of which is organic or biodynamic. For food there’s a varied menu of refined steakhouse and pub classics. Think things like cheeseburger, schnitzel, steak, oysters, and deep fried master stock pumpkin.
Every Thursday and Friday Melbourne “piano man” Matt Ganim is on deck to take requests which creates a bit of a sing-along party atmosphere at the rear of the venue. Fun times.
Natural History Public Bar
401 Collins Street
Mon – Fri: 7:30am to 11:00pm