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The Habitat

Bars West End
Rocky Road at The Habitat
Photograph: The Habitat

A colony of ants built in to the bar call this West End establishment home. After sampling its all-day espresso and chilled cocktails, you may want to as well

Burrow into a cosy booth and feast on the visuals at Habitat, the third venture from Scott Higginbotham and Malcolm Watts (the dynamic duo behind Moose & Gibson and Leaf Espresso). A built-in living ant farm lines the concrete bar, the ever-changing myriad of tunnels viewable through clear panes of glass. Reworked railway bridge timber forms bars, walls and tabletops; strategically placed mood lighting highlights the eclectic décor.

Seasonal brews pour from repurposed fire hydrants serving as taps. Slushie cocktails and Martinis are pumped out in the garden bar, and frosty craft beers, a global wine list and aromatic Two Seasons coffee are on the go from morning through night. Add to this a well priced menu and live music on weekends, and you’ve got digs you can really settle into.

By: Shirley Harring


Venue name: The Habitat
Address: Cnr Boundary & Edmondstone St
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-11pm; Sat, Sun 7.30am-11pm
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