LIVE MUSIC happens right in the crowd. Whitehart Bar hosts an electric mixture of genres – including some very funky live bands – right in the thick of the action downstairs. They also host some of Melbourne’s best DJs right below the stairs in a gorgeous jungle atmosphere.
FAMOUS FOR their beautiful environment. Whitehart Bar is overflowing with natural touches, palm trees, vines that weave their way along staircases, plants exploding out of the walls, bathroom fixtures set into concrete – this is one of Melbourne’s most beautiful bars.
INFAMOUS FOR Whitehart Lane itself. If the reputation of Whiteharts weren’t enough, you’ll be entranced by the industrial edge and huge barbed-wire fence (adorned with fairy lights, of course) that greet you when you uncover the container bars, tucked down a heavily graffitied laneway.
The white hart has always been a creature of myth and legend. The ancient Celts saw it as a harbinger of doom. The French believed that to harm a white hart meant to be eternally cursed with the pain of unrequited love. The Scots saw it as a symbol of purity, redemption and good fortune.
But you don’t have to worry about any of that because, in Melbourne, it means only one thing – an all-encompassing gathering space with great music, the finest craft beers and cocktails, boutique wines, great food, and a kaleidoscopic visual feast of projections and graffiti.
Located in the heart of the city in a converted car park at the end of Whitehart Lane is a unique green zone with an industrial edge – a place to party, or just relax and talk at the end of the day. Melbourne’s CBD now has a WHITE HART.
One glance at Whitehart Bar and you’ll be hooked. Two levels and a large concrete courtyard scream Melbourne, as do the curated range of live music, pop-up food stalls, delectable cocktails and multi-storey wall murals that make Whitehart one of the city’s favourite haunts.
The importance of aesthetics is hard to overstate – the owners pride themselves on the projections that often transform their narrow space into a spectacular visual feast. But punters still attend for the DJs or jazz-funk bands as much as anything else – if you’re worth your salt in Melbourne’s local scene, you’ll have played here before.
Discover Whitehart Bar at 22 Whitehart Lane, Melbourne. They’re open seven days per week.