MELBOURNE | Penny Young opened in 2015 as a bottle shop, with owner Anthony Bongiovanni focused on providing locals with a brilliant selection of craft beer and wine. Plans were soon put in place to expand the venue into a bar, and in late 2017 the plans finally came to fruition, in what was the old car park and a former stables.
It’s a great space, with exposed brick, stripped timber, a retractable roof, and lots of sunlight and greenery. There’s 19 beer taps, pouring a variety of local and imported craft beers. The taps rotate regularly, and there’s always something to suit all tastes on offer. The bar also has a fantastic wine, spirits, and cocktail selection. If there’s something you want from the bottle shop, you can also bring it into the bar with a small corkage fee.
Food wise it’s brilliant pizzas cooked in a Marra Forni wood fired oven imported from Italy, along with Italian dishes like antipasto, and meatballs, and pub favourites like burgers and parmas.
Plans to expand the venue to provide even more space and beer taps have been put on hold while COVID-19 wreaks havoc on Melbourne’s hospitality venues, but the bottle shop is still trading. We can’t wait to visit when the bar section reopens.
22 Young Street
Sun – Mon: 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Tue – Thu: 12:00pm to 11:00pm
Fri – Sat: 12:00pm to 12:00am