The Rum Diary Bar in Melbourne

A bar worthy of Hunter S Thompson!


Upon walking in I immediately feel transported to another world – a nautical, rum-filled, smiling world where the bartenders are always joking and the patrons are always laughing. The wall just behind the bar is stacked with every kind of rum imaginable, while the décor consists of beautiful wood finishes and old-time maps of the sea. It really feels like we could be sailing around the Caribbean in the days of old. Welcome to the Rum Diary Bar in Melbourne.

From the kitchen in the back the smell of a freshly-made jaffle wafts through the air. I seem to have arrived at the perfect time. In front of me sits a glass of house ginger beer, a non-alcoholic cousin of ginger ale. This version is infused with chili and cardamom.

The Rum Diary has only been open for a few months, but is already quickly making its mark in the off-beat but trendy area of Fitzroy in Melbourne, Australia. Given its location of what used to be the Gypsy Bar, a golden beacon representing 20 years of bar history in these parts, it’s quickly filling a big set of shoes effectively and easily.

The bar owner, Hamish, proudly shows me photos of the Gypsy Bar in its heyday before it changed hands several times, lost its luster, and ended up getting revamped into what it is today – the happening Rum Diary, popular amongst locals and tourists alike.

The bar has a lot to offer other than its famous jaffles and rum, though. They even have a mixed rum drink on draft in addition to a rotation of beers and ciders. They make fresh-to-order coffee (an absolute must in Melbourne – a coffee-lovers’ city), create beautiful drink creations with fresh fruit garnishes, and have great mock-tails as well.

Give this up-and-comer a try. While you’re at it, ask Hamish about the Worst Case Scenario game, or check out the scrabble in the corner as you pretend to sail the high seas while sipping a rum cocktail in this newly-transformed bar, in an area that still remains somewhat off the beaten path for most tourists passing through.

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SEE – Photos & Videos

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The attention to detail is gorgeous

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“The best jaffles in Melbourne!”

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The bar is full of action

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Beautiful decorations throughout the bar

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Only the finest rums found here.

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Even the drinks here are carefully detailed

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Cuba Libres are not the only drink you can make with rum

Please Note: All photos are copyright of The Rum Diary Bar – if you’d like to use them, please contact Hamish using the contact info provided below!

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GO – Getting There

Take tram number 112 and exit stop number 16. Head to 334 Brunswick Street.

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The Rum Diary Bar, Melbourne, Australia – Map

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Website: The Rum Diary Bar

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 9939 0616

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Do – Activities & Attractions

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Stay – Accommodation

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Eat – Restaurants

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Time – Seasonality & Schedules

Monday 10am-1am

Tuesday 10am-1am

Wednesday 10am-1am

Thursday 10am-3am

Friday 10am-3am

Saturday 2pm-3am

Sunday 2pm-3am

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Safety – Possible risks

Please Note: Travel inherently comes with an element of risk (just like crossing the road does). You are putting yourself in elements that are unfamiliar and foreign to your usual lifestyle and with that, become more susceptible to fall victim those who try to play off those unfamiliar to their local scams. There are also potential dangers in the environments to which you may not be accustomed to.

Please take extra care in travelling, ensure that you have adequate medical insurance (accidents seem to happen when you least expect them), and have let a trusted colleague, family member or friend know your whereabouts and activities.

Where Sidewalks End travel advises you to travel at your own risk, and to be extra aware of your surroundings (without letting it spoiling your time).

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Pay – How much does it cost?

The prices are quite reasonable for this part of Melbourne. There are often drink and food specials as well, so you are sure to find some great deals to match the great atmosphere!

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Responsible Travel – Best Practices

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Reality Check – Be Aware

If you want to chat to a friendly group of bartenders and get a real group feeling from a place, head to the Rum Diary Bar in Melbourne and find out why it carries on the legacy of the Gypsy Bar with its own Hunter S. Thompson inspired unique twist.

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Have you ever found a pub where you immediately felt at home? What made it special? Was there a theme to the pub that you could relate to? Where was it and did you ever go back?

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The attention to detail is gorgeous