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What's Open for Eats and Drinks in Melbourne on New Year's Day

Hit one of these spots for a January 1 filled with good food and top-notch drinks.
By Libby Curran
December 29, 2021
By Libby Curran
December 29, 2021

Despite the public holiday, Melbourne's got plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants that are opening their doors to help make your first day of the year a great one. Perhaps you had an especially celebratory New Year's Eve and a swift recovery is at the top of your to-do list. Or, maybe you're just keen to start off 2022 how you wish to continue it — with good mates, a solid soundtrack, and some top-notch eats and drinks.

Either way, outsourcing your January 1 festivities — and the associated cleanup — is always a good idea.

Here are all the Melbourne spots open and serving up the goods on New Year's Day.



Bentwood, by Kate Shanasy

Tall Timber, Prahran: 7.30am–3pm

Bentwood, Fitzroy: 7.30am–4pm

Glovers Station, Malvern East: 7am–4pm

Juliette Coffee & Bread, Malvern East: usual Saturday hours



Firebird, by Jana Langhorst

Cappo Sociale, Fitzroy: from 5pm

Pidapipo, various locations: open until 11pm

Longrain, CBD: 5pm–late

Prince Dining Room, St Kilda: 12pm–late

Firebird, Prahran: open from 5.30pm

400 Gradi, Brunswick East: open from 12pm

HuTong, Prahran: from 12pm

Entrecote, Prahran: 12pm–late



Builders Arms, by Julia Sansone

The Rochester Hotel, Fitzroy: 3pm–3am (three-stage DJ party — nab tickets here)

The Botanical, South Yarra: 12pm–late

The Empress, Fitzroy North: 12pm–late

The Local Taphouse, St Kilda: 12pm–12am

Builders Arms, Fitzroy: 12pm–late



Section 8

Section 8, CBD: 12pm–1am (free day party headlined by MzRizk)

Prince Public Bar, St Kilda: 8am–late

Bourke Street Courtyard, CBD: 12–9pm (DJ party — get tickets here)

Pontoon, St Kilda: 3–11pm (beachside DJ party headlined by Feenixpawl — grab tickets here)

Arbory Afloat, CBD: 12–5pm (pool party with a range of ticketing options available)

Welcome to Thornbury, Northcote: 12pm–2am (four-stage DJ party with food trucks — nab tickets here)

Fargo & Co, Richmond: 12pm–1am

The B.East CBD, CBD: 12–9pm

Loop Roof, CBD: 1–4pm (bottomless brunch party — grab tickets here)


Top Image: Arbory Afloat, by Parker Blain

Published on December 29, 2021 by Libby Curran
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