The Merri Bar


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The Merri Bar

Preston, VIC

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Eat, drink and be Merri.

Live music: is on all weekend long at Merri Bar. The vibe is skewed towards rock ‘n’ roll, indie, acoustic and singer-songwriters of all stripes – the perfect smooth soundtrack to go along with your ice-cold drinks. 

Famous for: the open mic competitions hosted on the first Thursday of each month, hosted by the charismatic visual artists and country folk musician Mr Alford. Do you think you’ve got what it takes to woo the crowd? Sign up if you dare.

Infamous for: being one of the few bars lucky enough to carry Clean Break Brewing’s beloved beers. If you haven’t had a chance to sample them so far, beware. You might get hooked. 

Although the Merri Bar has only been around for two years, the Preston venue has already won over the hearts of many, local and beyond. Offering punters chilled-out live music on Saturdays and Sundays and a carefully curated selection of drinks all week long, it’s the perfect northside gathering point for a casual catch-up. 

When the weather’s warm, the street patio makes for the ultimate people-watching spot, and when it’s cooler, the inside is as cosy as can be. Plus, it’s dog-friendly, so you may even have the chance to pet a pooch or two in the backyard beer garden. On the menu, find food from a rotating cast of favourites. In April, the bar hosted its neighbours Gill’s Fish and Chips and The Warehouse Pizzeria. 

While we recommend hitting the taps to try out a selection from Clean Break, the staff are also well-equipped to whip up a well-balanced cocktail of your choice whenever the mood strikes. In the winter, a steaming cauldron of mulled cider or wine awaits any weary traveller. 

And the roster of talent coming through the bar should not be overlooked either. Recently, Merri Bar has stepped up their game, booking acoustic acts from across the country. The intimate room is great for catching artists up close and personal.

Visit Merri Bar at 15 Gilbert Rd, Preston, open daily.