Sydney’s much-loved Odd Culture Group is opening its first interstate venue in Melbourne – a hybrid bar and bottle shop that’s an “exploration of fermentation”.
Mar 27, 2023 10:47pm
If you love wild ales and funky wines and live in Sydney, you’ve probably set foot in an Odd Culture venue. The group is behind much-loved Sydney venues like The Duke of Enmore, The Old Fitz, Odd Culture Newtown and The Oxford Tavern – all of which have distinct personalities, are proudly pokie-free, and champion local and weird beers, funky and fermented foods and minimal-intervention wines.
Compared to some of the city’s hospitality juggernauts, Odd Culture is relatively small. But it has certainly found its niche, and gained a loyal following of ferment enthusiasts along the way.
So much so that the group is now expanding its horizons with its first interstate venue.
This May, the Odd Culture Group is opening its first venue in Melbourne, modelled off its eponymous Inner West bar and restaurant, Odd Culture Newtown.
Also named Odd Culture, the hybrid bar and bottle shop is set to open in a heritage building and former post office on Fitzroy’s lively Brunswick Street.
“In a lot of ways Melbourne is a spiritual home of Odd Culture; the original concept for the Newtown venue was born out of a trip to the grand old breweries of Belgium – but also in part inspired by small bar [and] bottle shops of Melbourne,” says Odd Culture CEO James Thorpe in a statement.
Much like its Sydney counterpart, Odd Culture in Melbourne will be an “exploration of fermentation” – think natural wine, pickled snacks, wild and rare ales and seasonal cocktails made from local ingredients and rolling ferments.
What sets it apart, though, is its format. Enter the Fitzroy venue and you’ll be able to pick bottles straight from the shelves and fridges, much like in a regular bottle shop. Then, you can opt to to sit and drink in the cosy bar, out in the laneway beer garden, or take your swag home with you.
The bar will also have a small kitchen offering top-quality and pickled snacks, as well as seasonal cocktails made from local ingredients and ferments.
The Melbourne team will be led by general manager Gerry Nass, who previously owned Collingwood’s Robbie Burns Hotel as well as The Beresford in Sydney.
“We have chosen to open up shop on Brunswick Street because of how much we love the area. Its live music scene, the street art, the retail, and its culinary scene and nightlife. It’s a small suburb but with a wide variety of local residents and we can’t wait to welcome everyone in,” he says.
Odd Culture in Melbourne is slated to open this May and will be located on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy. More details to come.