Opening in April this year, the Merrywell, is billed as a ‘game-changing gastro-pub’.
Built in 1880, The Riverview Hotel is a heritage-listed delight of a pub tucked away on a side street in Balmain. Formerly owned by Olympian Dawn Fraser, The Riverview was recently sold and refurbished, re-opening last November with a top-notch British chef, a great dining room and a sense of history.
This curiously named pub housed in the old ‘Frostbites’ on Chapel Street has been completely overhauled into a contemporary bar and lounge in the heart of Melbourne’s busy shopping and entertainment district. While its name might suggest this as a place for teetotallers, General Manager, Peter Little, assures us that this pub is well-stocked with booze, saying : “We offer a diverse selection of fine wine and imported beers in a comfortable and contemporary environment that is made even more enjoyable by our knowledgeable and friendly staff.”