Bar Liberty
Modern Australian
  • 234 Johnson St,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • Lunch Sun noon-3pm;

    Dinner daily 5pm-10pm


Bar Liberty
-37.798966, 144.982743

The sign out the front is just the previous owner's shingle, graffitied. Whiskey comes in a model Ford Thunderbird. The GLT (a BLT with chicken skin) has its own cult following. Yes, Bar Liberty is the go-to joint for gonzo libations and none-too-serious snackage, all wrapped up in a package that's more iceberg than the frivolous tip might suggest. Chips 'n' dips? Try a potato crisp with emulsified mussel, pickled onion and lovage powder. Bread? Try toasted sourdough with a melting scoop of butter curd and a pair of scissors. Tempura salt and pepper vegetables are the tastiest way to consume your daily serve; steak tartare gets a spicy nudge from 'nduja; and a comfort-heavy dish of pipis in XO with savoury Chinese doughnuts comprise one of chef Casey Wall's worthy excursions to the Asian side. Add a wine list that's natural but nice and you've got a juke joint that's catnip to the hospitality crowd and adventurous drinkers.

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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • Three glasses
  • Price:
  • E $11-$23

    M $20-$30

    D $12-$13


  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Casey Wall


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