From the team behind some of Melbourne’s favourite bars (including The Roosevelt, Eau De Vie and Heartbreaker), House of Correction brings a touch of fun and quirkiness to 264 Swanston Street. With allusions to a colourful past — as a medical supply store in the early 1900s, a manufacturer of death masks for the Old Melbourne Gaol and, most recently, the home of Australia’s longest-running porn cinema, Shaft Cinemas — HOC is sure to be one of Melbourne’s most talked-about bars.
The bartenders here specialize in creating unusual cocktails with house-made shrubs. You can relax in padded booths and beautiful art deco swivel chairs while enjoying your drink.
Designed by ZWEI the highlight of the space is the heritage ceiling and concrete slab floor. HOE is the sister bar to rooftop venue Goldilocks and Mr Kwok downstairs, which has just opened in replacement of Noodle Kingdom. House of Correction provides a unique drinking experience with a focus on cocktails.
Headed by bartender David Smillie (ex-Eau de Vie Sydney). The 52-seater will be throwing down a monthly rotating cocktail selection, including The 11th Hour made with Mr Black Amaro, rye, apricot brandy and choc macadamia bitters topped with an orange chocolate shard, and Along The Watchtower with bourbon, amaretto, a cherry and rosemary shrub, lemon juice and cherry bitters.
Their hot buttered spiced rum will warm you up from the inside out, and is perfect for those cold Melbourne winter nights. They also have a variety of delicious food items on their menu, like crispy chicken ribs, steamed dumplings, cumin lamb ribs and beer battered chips. And if that’s not enough, they also have a spring onion pancake that is sure to satisfy your appetite.
This hidden Melbourne bar is on Swanston street, located on the fourth floor of Denyers Building can be accessed via the elevator. The bartenders are passionate about their craft and will take care of you with classic cocktails and innovative new concoctions. Whether you’re looking for a place to relax after work or want to party the night away, House of Correction Melbourne is sure to please.