Long-anticipated bar Fancy Free to open in Little Collins Street

The Grape and Grain cocktail from soon-to-open bar Fancy Free.
The Grape and Grain cocktail from soon-to-open bar Fancy Free. Photo: Ryan Noreiks

Fancy Free, the long-anticipated bar from the all-star bar team of Rob Libecans, Matt Stirling and Ryan Noreiks (all formerly of Fitzroy's award-winning Black Pearl) finally has a home.

After travelling around Australia (and the world) for the past year, doing ridiculous balloon-and-plastic-shark-filled pop-ups backed by very serious drinks, on February 12 they'll open at 381 Little Collins Street, the huge premises that was previously home to 8Bit Burger.

They're stripping the video-game designs out of the long premises and installing murals by artist Aaron McKenzie, a long but narrow bar that will let the crew chat to drinkers, and an informal dining room for the rotating food operators. A notable Sydney food brand is confirmed for the first two months followed by stints from hatted restaurants.

The Continental cocktail from the team behind Fancy Free.
The Continental cocktail from the team behind¬†Fancy¬†Free. Photo: Ryan Noreiks

The team's vision for cocktails will unite some classics, including low- and no-alcohol options, and originals they have been trialling including the Grape and Grain (Scotch whisky and berry sherry infusion of applewood, strawberry, blueberry and verjus). Wine will also be a focus, with the list being co-ordinated by Sydney's P&V Merchants. Abbotsford's Stomping Ground Brewery will provide the beers.

Open Mon-Sat 11am-11pm (from February 12).

381 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, fancyfreebar.com.au