Melbourne’s illustrious cocktail scene is booming with extraordinary bars. At the very top of the list sits The Black Pearl, a neighbourhood drinking den that’s truly world-class.
Established 15 years ago, The Pearl has become one of Australia’s most awarded venues, taking out the 10th spot in World’s 50 Best Bars in 2015, and continually sitting at the top of ‘best bar’ lists across Australia. Despite this unwavering success, the family-owned business prides itself on being a humble setting for locals to come and enjoy a crafted cocktail.
As you wander down Brunswick Street, look for the round black sign with the bold Black Pearl letters. The unassuming bar retains a private quality – blinds gently cover the windows and mood lighting filters the space, creating a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere. Head straight to the bar – it’s here you’ll find some of Melbourne’s best hospitality professionals, ready and waiting to pour you a drink.
The Fitzroy bar is the type of place where any drink goes. Don’t know what you feel like? Describe your preferred flavours to the bartender and soon you’ll be sipping on your new favourite combination. Can’t remember what you had last time? They’ve got you covered. The expertise, innovation and professionalism of the team knows no bounds – whether it’s a simple gin and tonic, or a gimlet you’re after, every drink will be top notch.
Once the drink is sorted, make sure you get settled in one of the many nooks and crannies – you’re going to want to stay for a while. A 3am license means there’s no need to move anywhere fast, but if the stomach starts to rumble, there are a variety of small plates on offer, available to order from the bar.
With such a reputation behind it, there’s no wonder The Black Pearl is known to fill up on weekends. The team have recognised this, opening The Attic upstairs. The first level bar features a refined cocktail menu and table service, offering yet another spot to indulge in the expertise of the city’s best.
When it comes to cocktail bars, all roads lead to The Black Pearl. With a world-class offering, it’s become a pioneer for bars in Melbourne and a jewel in Fitzroy’s crown.