Talk about extreme makeovers! One-time home to dubious dinner ‘n’ show phenomenon Schnitz & Titz, St Kilda’s Newmarket Hotel has traded sleaze for gloss, shedding its tired old skin and emerging as a beauty queen. Thanks to an eye-popping renovation by architectural firm Six Degrees – all massive windows, exposed concrete arches, timber furnishings and dramatic light fittings – this place looks more like an uberchic restaurant than a pub. The only remaining original feature is the facade. Of course, an overhaul like this doesn’t pass unnoticed.
The Newmarket seems to be perpetually buzzing with stylin’ patrons, many tucking into the trendy Californian Hispanic-inspired menu (forget about swinging by on a Saturday night whim – dining here is so popular you’ll need to book in advance) or kicking back in the expansive, plant-filled outdoor area. Beer drinkers are spoilt for choice with a mighty seventeen beers on tap, while a clutch of cheeky no-name wines from the barrel, and a festive, Latin-flavoured cocktail list could get any party started. And not a schnitzel in sight…
34 Inkerman St, St Kilda
(03) 9537 1777