Fitzroy’s Johnston Street could easily be host to one of the best bar crawls in the north. If you work your way towards the city from Abbotsford, you’ve got Bodriggy Brewing Co., Dr Morse, Lulie Tavern, Nighthawks, the Tote, Bar Liberty, the Rochester, Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel, George’s Bar, the Old Bar, the Shady Lady, Laundry Bar, and finally, Bad Decisions. And that’s only if you’re ending at Nicholson Street before you’re willing to disgrace yourself with a last-ditch drink at the Tankerville. Yep, we’re spoilt.
In what used to be an old tapas bar, Bad Decisions promises good times (quite literally, with a decal affixed to the window) and possible future regrets in the intimate, narrow bar with floating terrazzo armrests jutting out of the wall, signalling that at times it is standing room only and that things get a little wild towards the later hours of the night – a neon sign on the way to the toilets unashamedly reads ‘Please don't do coke in the bathroom’. However, despite Thirsty Thursdays, when all cocktails are $15, Tap That Fridays, when all tap cocktails are $10 from 6-8pm, and Whisky Weekends, which gets you whisky-based cocktails at a fraction of the price, Bad Decisions encourages responsible consumption of alcohol, if you wish to walk that path. There is a substantial list of no-booze mocktails and low-booze cocktails on their menu, which is progressive AF for a late-night bar in the party end of Fitzroy. It’s certainly a mark of professionalism from owners Da