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One of Melbourne’s first laneway bars is reopening

Meyers Place interior
Photograph: Supplied

Before the Croft Institute and Romeo Lane, there was Meyers Place Bar. The laneway bar, while unassuming, was one of Melbourne’s first laneway gems.

Sadly, the bar was forced to close in June 2017 when their landlord refused to offer the Meyers Place Bar team a new lease. Since then, they’ve has been working to bring the bar back in one way or another – and today we heard some good news.

Meyers Place Bar will be pulling up the roller door a new site on Crossley Street (the laneway behind Pellegrini’s) very soon. The team are hoping to bring as much of the old bar with them to the new location. “We kept as much of the fit-out as survived the move,” says co-owner and director Drew Pettifer. “The stained glass windows, cabinets, panelling, lights and shag pile carpet will all be familiar to our regulars.”

The team have experienced delays and inevitable complications with the move, but they’re confident the bar will feel pretty similar in these new digs. “Our aim was always to capture the chic but laid-back spirit of the bar as much as possible. Most of our staff are returning, and we’ll be stocking the same classic, minimal range of drinks,” says Pettifer. So expect to be sinking back Melbourne Bitter long necks in no time, friends.

Meyers Place Bar will be located at 7/24 Crossley St, Melbourne. The reopening is set for Monday, February 25.

In the meantime, have a gander at some more of Melbourne’s best laneway bars.