Once the epicentre of mini skirts, fake tans, hair extensions and binge drinking, Chapel Street is now home to a wealth of exciting restaurants and bars. Our bar crawl will start you off on the Windsor end and work you all the way up to South Yarra.
The best bars on Chapel Street
Don't be fooled by the shoddy sandwich shop out front. Walk through their cool room door to discover a new world of barrel-aged Manhattans, Negronis and eye-watering tiki drinks that may or may not be on fire. Feeling peckish? Get your hands dirty with a serve of poutine.
It’s over a decade old and still the go-to venue for vodka lovers. They’re bringing you vodka made from different grains and potatoes, infused with grasses, angelica and aged in oak. Need something dumpling-like to soak up the spirits? If you don’t go for the pierogi, you’re doing yourself a disservice.
Tucked away up a flight of stairs above Chapel Street is this atmospheric watering hole. With Connect Four games, cute cubbies to lounge in and five types of espresso martini, this is the spot for that end of week knock-off or Sunday session. Keep an eye out for their excellent happy hour specials, too.
This “fine diving” bar mixes knockout cocktails and clever snacks with devil-may-care, somewhat ludicrous décor. Order a South Rah Rah, a summer-perfect blend of house-infused cucumber gin, St Germain elderflower liqueur, mint, lime and soda. Pair it with truffled mac 'n' cheese and pork doughnuts and you'll agree, there's a lot that's right with Two Wrongs.
It’s another American-themed bar, but this one has a southern and western charm to it. The focus is on small-batch spirits from the US, but this saloon also slings a mean cocktail. Be careful: the bartenders will easily convince you to join them in a whisky and tequila tasting. Yeehaw!