Melbourne, a proud city. Its renown for its diverse variety of eateries, bars and cafes. On any given day, hoards of thirsty, hungry tourists, interstate visitors and Melbournian’s head out in search of sustenance. Some head out into the North, East and South, but many head out in the direction of the West, this is where they find Newport.
Newport, just 7km’s form Melbourne city was originally named Williamstown Junction in 1862, it quickly moved up with the times with a Telegraph Office and Post Office by 1869. In 1881 it was renamed Newport much to the delight of local residents. The Newport Railway Workshops played a key role in the development of the suburb, formerly the main workshops of the Victorian Railways. The workshops are just south of the Newport railway station. The Newport Power Station is another feature of the suburb, the chimney of which remains one of the tallest towers in Melbourne at 183 metres. The original coal-fired generators were replaced in 1981 with a single 500MW gas-fired generator and operates during peak-load periods.
Nowadays Newport is a great little spot for cafe hopping, dog walking (along the foreshore into Williamstown) or a great spot to catch a train into Melbourne, for people living nearby.
Just meters from the train stations Southern pedestrian ramp lays a beautiful white building, remnant of times gone by. Inside the buildings art deco walls is the vibrant Junction Beer Hall & Wine Bar.
The front room is clean, spacious and complimented by the natural light streaming in from the large windows opening out into Hall Street, Newport.
The Bar is well stocked with an amazing selection of boutique craft beers. In fact, you’ll find 18 rotating craft beers on tap, tasting paddles, over 70 local & international beers by the bottle and a reserve list of some of the best ales in the world. The selection truely leaves you scratching your head trying to decide what to try.
The front room also offers a delicious menu, with wood fired pizza’s made literally meters from the bar. Click here for the menu. I recommend the “Wagyu Dreaming” burger.
The Wine Room is also complimented with an equally as enticing menu. Click here. The Wine room also has a complete drinks menu for those wanting a little more than what the front bar offers. The Wine room is completely seperate from the front room, and is child free and offers a stylish relaxed environment, prefect for wooing your date, or enjoying company of friends while tasting some interesting wine, with modern seasonal food.
Theres a large courtyard just through the main bar area furnished with comfortable tables and chairs. Sun umbrellas will ensure you don’t get burned in the sun, or sprinkled with a light rain shower which could happen at any time knowing Melbourne’s eclectic weather patterns.
Having a function. No worries. The Junction Beer Hall and Wine bar has a large function room just off the courtyard.
The function rooms bar is stocked with all the same goodies that the front bar offers. Looking at this room, and how its set up, gave me the feeling of “I want to add a pool table, dart board and bed, and move in here”. Its a comfortable room thats separated from the courtyard by tinted floor to roof windows allowing privacy from the courtyard. Long tables and adequate seating for large groups can easily be rearranged for any variety of event.
The Good food guide thought so highly of The Junction Beer Hall and Wine Bar that they published them in their 2012 publication.
For anyone that wants a relaxing afternoon or evening in a welcoming venue with happy, friendly, not to mention well informed staff. The Junction Beer Hall and Wine Bar should be on your list.