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Odd Culture Fitzroy

Sydney's award-winning concept bar Odd Culture has landed in Melbourne, and the local beer scene will never be the same.
By James Shackell and Libby Curran
July 24, 2023
By James Shackell and Libby Curran
July 24, 2023

When Sydney's Odd Culture Group arrived in Melbourne, they chose Fitzroy's old post office as their venue: a sprawling heritage spot on the corner of Brunswick and Johnston Street.

It was a smart move. Brunswick Street is just the spot for a Melbourne adaptation of Odd Culture's award-winning Newtown concept bar: part-ale saloon, part-bottle shop, part-fermentation factory, with space for 300 thirsty patrons.

Odd Culture Group is the hospitality crew behind Sydney's inner-city spots including The Duke of EnmoreThe Old Fitzroy Hotel and namesake King Street venue Odd Culture Newtown. General manager Gerry Nass runs the venue down in Fitzroy, having previously operated the Robbie Burns Hotel in Collingwood. And he's assembled a very knowledgeable crew.

If you want to learn more about wild fermented ales, or lambic beer from Belgium's Pajottenland region, just ask a staff member. They're like walking beer encyclopedias.

Speaking of beer, Odd Culture has 12 rotating taps, most of them fearless and funky. Further into the drinks menu, you'll find an easy-to-explore specialty array of wine, beer and spirits, with an emphasis on wild brews and natural vino.

You'll be able to browse and buy to take away, or select a drop to enjoy onsite, either settled in on the indoor banquet seating or out in the laneway beer garden. There's a small but excellent cocktail menu (the sour negroni is probably the pick of the bunch) and next-level bar snacks like charcuterie from Meatsmith, or the likes of Cantabrian anchovies served with butter and shallots.

"We want Odd Culture to be the place to go if you need good booze, full stop. I don't think there's anywhere in the country you can get as pointy-end and specialised in both beer, wine and cocktails, and you can still just sink an ice-cold lager at the bar or in the beer garden if that's all you're after," Group Beverage Manager, Jordan Blackman says.

"We just want there to be no question around if Odd Culture has something for you. We love Cantillon, but we also love Melbourne Bitter."

Image: supplied.

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