Bars Melbourne

Bar Americano, Melbourne

If you’re looking for Bar Americano in Melbourne, don’t give up. You’re in the city of laneways and you’ll (eventually) find it at Presgrave Place as you walk down the hook-shaped alleyway with an unsightly pile of garbage bins.

Bar Americano, Melbourne
Bar Americano, Melbourne

The above sign is your only clue and inside, your reward is an outstanding experience.

Walk up the stairs and through the doors and you might think you’ve stepped back in time into a bar/café in Italy. At this 10 person capacity venue by Matthew Bax (who has recently opened Bar Economico), you get to stand up. At the bar, you’ll see unlabelled decanters with colourful liquids that give no clue to brands or spirits.

You will find a menu and you can choose a tipple that takes your fancy, but leaving it up to the bartender is your best bet. With Hayden Scott Lambert behind the bar (he has since left and soon to open his own bar), it doesn’t take long before the best crafted Negroni ($22.50) is prepared. The Whisky Fix ($22.50) is another example of the excellence – peated whisky, fresh lemon juice, sugar and orange curacao. Indeed, it satisfies anyone with a whisky fixation.

Photography is not allowed at Bar Americano. Go for the cocktails, go for the bar chat, savour the experience and commit it to memory instead of your phone. This is one bar that will reel you in on every visit to Melbourne.

Bar Americano
20 Presgrave Place
(from Little Collins St, turn into Howey Pl and left into Presgrave Pl)
Melbourne CBD, VIC 3000

About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.