Your first night exploring St Kilda
With the new SkyBus St Kilda Express service soon heading to Melbourne’s beachy tourist hotspot St Kilda, be sure to throughly explore all this lively suburb has to offer. To help get you started, here’s a quick snapshot of some St Kilda favourites to hit on your first day or night.
188 Carlisle Street St Kilda
(03) 9041 2668
Monday to Tuesday 5pm - late, Wednesday to Sunday 12pm - late
Uncle can take care of your Vietnamese cravings during your stay in St Kilda. There’s the familiar Vietnamese favourites of Banh Mi (a crusty baguette with meat, pickled veggies and chilli) and Pho (traditional Vietnamese noodle soup). For the more ravenous, there’s larger plates to share such as a turmeric duck curry or a lemongrass and coconut scotch fillet. A large wine and beer list will definitely quench your thirst and can be enjoyed on the comfortable and inviting rooftop terrace
St Kilda Sea Baths, 10-18 Jacka Boulevard St Kilda
(03) 8598 9055
Weekdays 11.30am - late, weekends 9am - late
Right on the St Kilda foreshore overlooking the water is Republica, an open-spaced and beachy establishment for the people. Daily meal specials coupled with a large drinks lists and live music on weekends make this the perfect spot to while away the day. Enjoy that fresh ocean breeze in the large courtyard or on the overlooking balcony.
3. Elephant & Wheelbarrow
169 Fitzroy Street St Kilda
(03) 9534 7888
11.30am - late everyday
A large and ornate British pub hosting live music and entertainment five nights a week. This is a favourite watering hole amongst the locals with an extensive range of international beer and local wine. You can also catch up on the week in sport in the sports bar. The perfect venue to walk into (no bookings required) after hopping off the SkyBus for a hearty pub meal.
4. Acland St Cantina
2 Acland Street St Kilda
(03) 9536 1175
5pm - late everyday
Modern Mexican fare done right at Acland St Cantina. It’s a little bit of everything; expect tacos, quesadillas and grilled meat options coupled with unique cocktail jugs and a large selection of beer. A separate bar menu, take away and liquor store is also available. The vibe is dark and mysterious. Get down for happy hour cocktails for $10 between 5-7pm weekdays.
5. Milk the Cow
157 Fitzroy Street St Kilda
(03) 9537 2225
Tuesday to Saturday 12:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday 12:00pm - 11:00pm
The great thing about this cheese and wine bar is that any time is a good time to visit. Dropping in after dinner is certainly appropriate, but an afternoon look in could work just as well. Milk the Cow offers over 150 local and imported cheeses for you to feast on. There are also fondue options, take away cheese boxes and cocktails. A great way to taste signature cheeses paired with wine or cider is the Cheese & Booze Flight option. Great value and a great way to end (or start) a night.