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Natural History Public Bar

The Collins Street eatery has relaunched with a more laidback vibe, a gastropub menu and a weekday happy hour.
By Libby Curran
January 25, 2018
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Natural History Public Bar

The Collins Street eatery has relaunched with a more laidback vibe, a gastropub menu and a weekday happy hour.
By Libby Curran
January 25, 2018
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Collins Street's diorama-sporting, museum-themed haunt has been reborn, with a more laidback vibe, as Natural History Public Bar.

Opened in early-2018 as just Natural History — a fancy all-day bar, grill and cafe — the revamped bar is keeping its bumper natural wine offering, but that's now backed by a broad-ranging gastropub menu, after-work-friendly specials and a revamped entertainment program. It will now only open on weekdays, too.

From the kitchen comes a roll-call of reimagined pub classics, with plates like a spicy beef tartare with cured egg yolk and fermented chilli, buttermilk-fried chicken ribs, and sliders stuffed with soft shell crab. Bigger appetites might meet the likes of a hearty crumbed pork schnitzel, a 500-gram rib eye, or a vegetarian-friendly potato and cashew lasagne.

Match that feed with an organic or biodynamic drop from one of Australia and Europe's most interesting small wine producers, or get acquainted with a classic cocktail. Here, three types of martini sit alongside expert takes on the negroni, spritz and manhattan. Meanwhile, the bar's serving up daily happy hour specials from 4.30–6.30pm — knock off work with $6 wines, $7 spirits and $8 pints — and world-renowned piano man Matt Ganim is on the keys every Thursday and Friday.

Images: Eugene Hyland.

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