Bar Humbug exists at the centre of the newest Melbourne trend – the CBD’s west end. This gastro bar has ridden the wave of the westside’s emergence from its seedy past. In what was once a petri dish of strip clubs, saveloy shops and car parking lots Humbug has quietly gone about the business of serving lunch crowds and bar dwellers since 2005, flourishing purely on word of mouth.

This moodily lit bar restaurant, once the sunken level of a former shipping warehouse, has been crafted from it’s environment. The décor is awash with golden brown hues contrasted by straight lines of steel & timber. Humbug captures both the antique and the future in its art, design and service style. Artwork is sourced from contemporary photographers but is a throwback to the west end’s history, featuring present and past urban icons.

Its menu is inspired by its patronage, having evolved over time with feedback from loyal regulars. What they call comfort food, is quintessential Australian bar fare with a nostalgic influence. But don’t expect to find a skinny latte at Bar Humbug. Its clandestine nature accommodates the long “working’ lunch over a bottle of wine from a carefully cultivated list.

By late afternoon the bar is a buzz of afterwork drinkers, pre-event diners and the burgeoning urban dwellers. A lazy stroll from Etihad Stadium returns the punters to a more sophisticated watering hole after the game. Bar Humbug embodies Melbourne’s warm and youthful energy, free from the contrived exclusivity found in Melbourne’s hidden laneway scene.