Natural History Public Bar

The team at Natural History have created a unique space that encapsulates the allure of American diners, steakhouses and seafood spots. The moody space is complete with dark wood panelling, marble table tops and luxe leather banquettes.

But it’s not all about looks – the food is outstanding too. Chef Morgan McGlone (Belle’s Hot Chicken, Mr Burger, Welcome to Thornbury, Hightail) has put together a menu of classic US dishes with a modern twist. Highlights include Wagyu beef sliders, lobster rolls and black truffle mac ‘n’ cheese.

Chef Morgan McGlone and the 100 Burgers Group add to the 1940s building which has been turned into a suave late-night spot, serving up all your favourite comfort foods. Plus, they’ve got an extensive drinks menu featuring everything from craft beers to cocktails and champagnes.

Located in the iconic Natural History building on Russell Street, the bar is open late night Thursday to Sunday serving up delicious American diner classics with a touch of class. The steakhouse section offers premium steaks, burgers and sides, while the caviar and oyster bar provides the perfect place to indulge in some decadent seafood.

The red vinyl stools at the glass-topped porchetta bar are perfect for enjoying a delicious meal, and the oyster bar is an oval ringed by dark leather stools and green glass partitions. Warm, mustardy hues continue through to the steakhouse where the central bar is padded with grape-red leather and brass inlays and egg-white-and-yellow walls.

The whimsical space is home to taxidermy animals, eclectic art and a playful menu that celebrates the natural world. The bar features craft beers, wine and cocktails made with fresh, seasonal ingredients with a variety of plates perfect for sharing.

A diverse menu is an homage to the old New York steakhouses, with a focus on quality and freshness. The steak comes in a one-kilo club, 500-gram rib eye, or eye-fillet; sliced hanger tartare served with puffed beef tendon chips and hot sauce; a delicious burger. There’s also pescatarian and vegetarian options, like roasted cauliflower and toasted-grains dish with vegan apple butter. So whether you’re looking for a juicy steak or something a little lighter, they’ve got you covered.

401 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000