Misfits Bar

A trio of misfits have set up a sleek bar in Footscray, which champions local artists and community groups.
Andrew Zuccala
Published on April 24, 2024


At the end of 2023 we sadly bade farewell to Baby Snakes, one of the best wine bars in Melbourne. But just as soon as the team packed up, a trio of Melbourne hospo veterans stepped in to create a new bar in its wake.

Jacob Bell (Whitehart), Jerry Poon (The Operatives) and Amber Hahipene (Section 8) have revived the space with some splashes of paint, new floors, house plants and more refined decor. Where Baby Snake edged towards dive bar, Misfits is considerably sleeker and more put-together.

Misfits Footscray bar

The new bar isn't losing any of the community feels, as it hosts workshops, panels and live recordings, alongside a weekly selection of local and international DJs. The team even uses the square behind Misfits for laneway parties, local arts and community festivals.

Hahipene notes, "we want Misfits to be a platform for new talent, a stomping ground for the local community and a home to people who love music and hospitality."

Misfits Footscray bar

Bevs are an all-round affair as opposed to specialising in just one spirit or type of booze. Plenty of wines are up for grabs, plus limited-release beers and some cocktails. Those wanting a feed are also free to get pizzas delivered from the downstairs Slice Shop Pizza.

A casual affair, this space remains. Just with a little more spit and polish.

Misfits Footscray bar

Find Misfits at 30 Chambers Street, Footscray, open 5–late on Thursday to Saturday, and 3–11pm on Sunday. For more information, head to the venue's Instagram page.


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