Whitehart bar brings Melbourne CBD car park to life

Poor Tom's Earl Grey Spritz is on tap.
Poor Tom's Earl Grey Spritz is on tap. Photo: Supplied

Husband-and-wife duo Stephen Johnson and Sabrina Santucci have paired their creative leanings (he's a filmmaker, she's an artist) with the talents of local artists Daisylegs to conjure up Whitehart, a two-storey open shipping container bar built on an empty car park that Johnson had used for many years.

"It was an awesome space that was under-utilised; an opportunity waiting to happen," he says.

The result is an urban oasis, "a unique green zone with an industrial edge" that is made for Friday nights.

Green and glowing: Whitehart bar in the CBD.
Green and glowing: Whitehart bar in the CBD. Photo: Supplied

While the CBD newcomer shares its name with a mythical white stag viewed by the ancient Celts as a harbinger of doom, it signals good times for Melburnians: music, art, a knowing selection of craft beers and cocktails (including the tapped Poor Tom's Earl Grey Spritz, a spirited blend of gin, tea syrup, lemon juice, soda), and a rotating roster of local food vendors, kicked off by the pit-smoked meats of Ironbark BBQ.

Open Mon-Wed and Sun noon-11pm; Thu noon-midnight; Fri-Sat noon-1am.

22 Whitehart Lane, Melbourne, 03 9602 2260, whitehartbar.com.au