MELBOURNE | Old Culture Group are behind some of Sydney’s best drinking establishments, so when they announced they were opening their first venue in Melbourne, Odd Culture Fitzroy, expectations were high.
Similar to the original Odd Culture in Sydney’s Newtown, Odd Culture Fitzroy is a hybrid bar and bottle shop serving interesting beer, wine and cocktails from the funky, fermentation side of things.
Housed inside an old post office on Brunswick Street that’s been stripped back to its bones, you’ll find a large bar on one side with fridges and shelves stocked with interesting things on the other. There’s loads of seating inside and a spacious courtyard out back.
Behind the bar you’ll find 12 taps pouring a diverse selection of beers, be it local craft IPAs, or sours from some of the world’s be sour beer brewers like Wildflower, Cantillon, and Jester King. The wine list is equally diverse, featuring mostly minimal intervention wines along with a few traditional drops.
Cocktails also lean funky. ‘Far From The Tree’, a blend of Four Pillars Green Apple & Rhubarb Gin, koji apple, lemon, and shiso, is a great summer option. Traditional cocktails are available on request, with an impressive selection of spirits from around the world behind the bar. If the menu doesn’t tickle your fancy, everything from the bottle shop can be purchased to enjoy on premesis.
Odd Culture’s food menu is snack focused, designed to go well with the kind of drinks being showcased. There’s my favourite, the chicken liver pate with fish sauce caramel and potato crisps; along with things like buffalo mozzarella with bottarga, and mandarin; charcuterie and cheese plates; and Cantabrian anchovies with butter and shallots.
Odd Culture Fitzroy
296 Brunswick Street
Mon – Thu: 3:00pm to 11:00pm
Fri – Sat: 12:00pm to 1:00am
Sun: 12:00pm to 11:00pm