Hells Kitchen (‘Hells’ to its regulars) has been pumping out the pints and good vibes since before laneway bars were a thing in Melbourne.
Opened in 2001, Hells has been/still is the fav place for a frothy and regular haunt of many of the city’s artists, musicians, misfits and other bums. Easy to miss unless you look up, Hells is loved for its central yet tucked away CBD location, unpretentious food and great booze.
By day Hells serves a classic cafe menu including coffee, alongside its full drinks list if you’re up for a long lunch. Score a spot in the window overlooking the iconic Centre Place laneway during the lunch rush and you’re in a primo people-watching position. At night, the bar’s solid menu will sort you out when you’re a few drinks deep, with pizzas, snags and house made meatballs that are reason alone for a cheeky mid-week pop in. Hells is the go-to bar for bevs after an art opening, pre-drinks before a gig – and starting point for big nights thanks to the well-stocked bar. With craft and draft beers on tap, local and imported brews, tempting cocktail list and tidy selection of single malts and unexpected liqueurs, Hells’ range of booze is as eclectic as its clientele. Welcome to Hells. Get your ass upstairs.