Old Palm Liquor Meun – Brunswick Bar

Walk into Old Palm Liquor Brunswick bar on Lygon Street and you feel like you’re in a friend’s lounge room. The music is great, (expect everything from jazz to soul), as is the company. Old Palm Liquor is the sequel to North Fitzroy’s six-years-older Neighbourhood Wine.

Owner operator Brendan started making wine in his garage back in the day and opened up shop when he realized there was nowhere to buy a decent bottle of red in Melbourne without forking out for a flight to Sydney, are all just some of the reasons why Bar Liberty is so special.

They offer an extensive 300 bottle wine list with something to suit everyone’s tastes – including wines from Japan! The house red and white wines are sourced from Koerner in South Australia and are a great value at only $9 each. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, they have an array of unique blends available. No matter what your preference, there’s something to fit the bill.

Old Palm Liquor is a weirdly coherent mix of golden-brown timber panels, stretched rattan ceilings, fans with blades like canoe paddles, vintage pokies-room padded stools and genuine ’80s brown tiles. If a post-war Italian social club took over a plantation-style home, this might be the result.

The Melbourne bar’s menu features an eclectic mix of dishes inspired by Chef Almay Jordaan’s South African heritage. You’ll find oyster shooters, grilled seasonal veggies and charcuterie with bread to start off your meal. For mains you can choose from the grill, which offers king oyster mushrooms, meat and fish cooked over a fire halfway between a braai and an Argentinean parrilla. They also have Guinness on tap as well as local beers for those who don’t prefer wine or cocktails.