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Now Open: Bar and Food Truck Park Trinity Has Opened in a Former St Kilda Church Hall

The historic site at the junction of Brighton Road and Chapel Street has been reimagined as a 300-person pub, beer garden, event space and food truck park.
By Libby Curran
April 13, 2022
By Libby Curran
April 13, 2022

While the last 97 years of its life have likely been filled with bake sales, dances and community get-togethers, St Kilda's historic Trinity church hall has just dived right into a new phase of existence. The triangular site at the intersection of Brighton Road and Chapel Street has been reborn as Trinity — a 300-person pub, beer garden, event space and food truck park.

The brainchild of third-generation Melbourne hospitality owner Matt Nikakis, the venue officially opened its doors last week, delivering a pet-friendly watering hole and meeting spot that's destined to become a St Kilda go-to.

Nicole Cleary

Step through the front gate and into an all-weather courtyard filled with outdoor tables and fringed by that day's food truck lineup. There'll always be a couple of guests on rotation (think, Nem 'n Nem and The Holiday Parlour) joining Trinity's resident kitchen, which makes its home in a shiny silver 1956 Airstream.

This is your pitstop for snacks like fried chicken tenders, mac 'n' cheese bites and crispy onion rings, alongside a range of things in buns — maybe a double beef and bacon number, a fried chicken burger, and a prawn and lobster roll laced with kewpie and dill.

Meanwhile, the red-brick former church hall building has been carefully converted into a lofty, light-filled beer hall, complete with soaring ceilings and a huge central bar. Emerald velvet booths means there is room for the whole crew, a separate sitting room is filled with a curation of vintage furniture, and elegant Art Deco-inspired finishes star all throughout the space.

Glance upwards and you'll also spy a glass-walled mezzanine level, available for private functions, and sporting its very own bar.

Nicole Cleary

Trinity's drinks offering is a hefty, crowd-pleasing one. A 12-strong tap list heroes familiar favourites from Balter, 4 Pines and Mountain Goat, while the beer fridges play host to drops like Colonial's pale ale, the Kaiju Krush tropical ale and a slew of Saintly seltzers.

Wines are largely local — think, Seville Estate's Sewn Chardonnay, or the Wilds Gully Tempranillo out of King Valley — and cocktails celebrate reworked classics. Settle in with one of three margaritas, try the house ode to Four Pillars' shiraz gin, or get into the good times groove with a yuzu-infused riff on the mojito.

Find Trinity at 2 Brighton Road, St Kilda. It's open daily from 12pm–late.

Images: Nicole Cleary

Published on April 13, 2022 by Libby Curran
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