A quaint brick cottage nestled in the heart of Melbourne’s bustling CBD is attracting worldwide attention for what lies inside.
The charming period structure hides a modern bar aptly named Caretaker’s Cottage, which Melburnians are calling their new favorite haunt.
Caretaker’s Cottage was one of two Australian establishments to be included in the World’s 50 Best Bars for 2023 after reaching 23rd place.
Guests pack the hidden downtown gem to sample the venue’s world-class cocktails while enjoying the ultra-cool layout, spinning vinyl tunes from the DJ-booth-slash-bar, snacks and ambiance laid-back pub style.
Guinness is served on tap along with an ever-changing selection of craft beers while bartenders can shake up what the World’s 50 Best Bars jury of cocktail specialists called “the coldest Martini in the world.” ‘Australia’.
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Inside a small, historic cottage in Melbourne’s CBD sits an ultra-chic bar that’s just been named one of the world’s 50 best.
Caretaker’s Cottage was one of two Australian establishments to be included in the World’s 50 Best Bars for 2023, placing 23rd.
Guests pack the hidden gem and sample the venue’s world-class cocktails while enjoying the modern layout, DJ-booth-slash-bar tunes, snacks and laid-back pub vibe.
One visitor praised Caretaker’s Cottage’s “great atmosphere, great music, great hospitality and fantastic drinks” online.
“I had to see it with my own eyes to believe what they say. It’s true, I understand why people love this little cottage bar!’ they said.
Another guest said it had to be “the smallest bar in Melbourne”, while another was a fan of the quirky artwork adorning the cottage’s walls.
“I love this bar more than my ex ever did… It’s a great place to meet locals and people from all over the world,” said one reviewer.
One visitor praised Caretaker’s Cottage’s “great vibe, great music, great hospitality, fantastic drinks” online, while another called it Melbourne’s smallest bar.
Guinness is served on tap along with a selection of craft beers while bartenders can shake up what the World’s 50 Best Bars jury of cocktail experts called ‘Australia’s Coldest Martini’ .
Little Lonsdale Cottage was built in 1914 to house the caretaker of Wesley Place Church and cost just £850 to build.
It was the caretaker’s house until the late 1990s and opened as a bar in early 2022.
In its short history, it made the long list of the world’s 50 best bars last year, ranking 60th, but has climbed 37 places in 2023.
The other Australian venue in the global top 50 is Sydney’s iconic Maybe Sammy, which placed 15th.
Maybe Sammy has been on the prestigious list every year since it opened in 2019 and has climbed 14 spots after reaching No. 29 in 2022.