Hello lovers, it’s been a while.
This particular afternoon I’m taking you to Smith Street, to number 104 Bill’s Bar. A hidden gem, this tiny little haven is tucked away behind a silver metal door. To get there you must brave the ever-bustling interior of Huxtaburger. I know it may be difficult to pull yourself away from the cheap canned beer and glazed brioche buns, but keep your head looking straight and head towards the door. It’s a tight squeeze, but well worth it. Not only will you look cool opening an otherwise anonymous bolted door, but that cute guy or girl, sitting down to a burger might be tempted to follow you. An entire room of burger hungry hipsters will stand still and stare as you disappear into oblivion.
Bill’s Bar, together with Huxtabuger and Huxtable — the family’s restaurant just across the street — are a play on the ’80s sitcom, The Cosby Show. Who could forget dear old Bill Cosby, or his ugly sweaters? The parallels between the comfortable and classic interiors of Bill’s Bar, and the homely sentiments of The Cosby Show make for an inviting venue. Imagine your own sitting room, only with luxurious dimmed lights.
One gripping aspect to Bill’s Bar is that all spirits, from bottom shelf to top are $9.00. The staff also know how to make a number of classic cocktails, so you won’t be disappointed should you order a Negroni or a dry Martini. If you’re hungry and you don’t quite feel like a burger, Bill’s has it all from fried chicken to pulled-pork sliders. I cannot say Bill’s cuisine is the best, as there are so many other venues that do it better. However, Bill’s is affordable and easy to include in a night out in the North of Melbourne.