Because, we all need something to look forward to.
2021 has already been an explosive year for food and drink and there’s lots of evidence to show it’s only going to get better here in the Geelong region.
Here are some of upcoming openings to get excited about:
Splatters Cheese Bar
Since finding out about this new late-night ‘cheese worshipping’ restaurant and bar, we’ve literally been counting down the seconds until its opening.
Set to open in the former pharmacy on Pakington Street in the not-too-distant future (rumours are August), this venue will see local purveyors of cheese Splatters open a fully-licensed restaurant on Pakington Street, boasting a conveyor belt of cheeses. Yes, a cheese train. A damn cheese train – Australia’s first. Is this not the greatest thing to ever happen?!
The venue will consist of three dine-in areas – the cheese train, restaurant and cheese garden, according to the documents. It will open from Sunday to Thursdays from 11am to 11pm, and on Fridays and Saturdays it intends to operate from 11am to 1am the following day.
We imagine the cheese train aspect will see punters taking a seat bar side for them to gaze longingly into the perpetually rotating belt of cheesy goodness. Like a sushi train, we’re thinking cheese lovers will be able to take their pick from a tonne of cheese varieties.
Rest assured, we’ll let you know when this baby swings open the doors.
Where: 168 Pakington Street, Geelong West
Non Disclosure Bar
This one’s for the cocktail lovers out there. Courtesy of Australian hospitality veteran, Gorge Camorra, the brains behind Geelong’s famed 1920s Prohibition-style cocktail bar The 18th Amendment and the New York-style sister venue Manhattan Bar, comes Non Disclosure Bar, an entirely new venue set to open in the heart of town.
With the same speakeasy style locals have come to love at 18th Amendment, Non Disclosure is set to have that same old-world America feel, but with a touch of Gatsby thrown in and an incredible Art Deco style, transporting you to another world, cocktail in hand.
It will be an intimate affair with just 42 seats, and you can expect high-class finishes, rare and delicious spirits and world-class service – as well as a Martini cart that comes to your table, a cheese trolley, plus fresh oysters and charcuterie for those that like to snack!
The venue is set due to open in August so keep your eyes on their socials.
Where: Little Malop Street, Geelong
Looking for a cheap ticket to Italy? Pizza Bar has you covered!
A staple of the Geelong West food scene, Pizza Bar has been dishing out amazing Italian-style pizzas for many years on the popular Pakington Street strip and now they’re opening a second venue in Belmont.
Announcing the news via their socials, the venue revealed that they’ll be opening a new venue on High Street, indicating they were only a few weeks out from the opening. No updates have been made since but construction was already well underway, so we’re expecting news to drop any day now.
Old school and unique, here the pizzas have a thin, light base with crisp edges and authentic toppings such as mozzarella, bocconcini, chilli, shaved prosciutto, San Marzano tomato, Sopressa salami, olives and fior de latte. Made in an authentic pizza oven, revered pizzas include their three-cheese with garlic and olive oil; the Pizza Bar Margherita; Smoked Beef Brisket; and Nonna’s Meatball pizza. Of course, it’s the potato pizza that’s won the heart of many locals, topped with sliced spuds, parmesan, rosemary and sea salt.
Get excited and keep an eye out for updates here.
Where: High Street, Belmont
This one has just hit our radar and already we’re bubbling with excitement for what’s to come.
Fusing beauty and hospitality, Bubbles Bar is a new venture for Blush Bar, a Pakington-street salon that has made a name for themselves for providing locals with professional makeup services, hairstyling, colour and body beautification.
While we don’t have much information, other than an incredibly bright and playful mood board, bets are that Bubbles Bar will be located within Blush Bar (perhaps as an extension), offering its clients an array of hair and makeup services accompanied by some absolutely classic cocktails and delicious beverages, and perhaps a space for people to just come and enjoy a drink in a bright new atmosphere.
We promise we’ll report more as soon as more info becomes available.
Where: 320 Pakington St, Newtown
Smashville Chicken and Burgers
Well well well, look who is bringing spicy Nashville-style fried chicken to Newcomb?!
Coming to you from the Mulita BBQ squad, Smashville is a new venue set to open in the not-too-distant future.
Here, you’ll find a range of out-of-this-world delicious burgers including the ‘Quad Smash’ and the signature Nashville Hot Chicken burger, plus some of the best fried chicken in the city. You’ll be gnawing the bones to get at the last morsels of meat with these.
There’s also scope for beers too, with the venue revealing their intention to apply for a liquor license too.
Where: 54 Charles Street, Newcomb
This is one venue we’ve come to love over the past seven months for their simple cheese-laden, juicy cheeseburgers.
Thanks to renowned Igni and Hot Chicken Project chef-restaurateur Aaron Turner, OK. Smash was a retro sports bar specialising in cheeseburgers and champagne on Pakington Street with a simple yet entirely delicious menu.
For $20, there were two options – a Classic Cheeseburger (beef, American cheese, pickles, ketchup and mustard) or an Oklahoma Smash Cheeseburger (beef, American cheese, onions, pickles and sauce), and both come with a double patty and fries.
Made with a blend of dry-aged chuck and brisket, the burgers are ‘smashed’ to order. There’s even the option to add on extra fries and ranch, blue cheese or Frank’s hot sauce (Hot Chicken Project fans will be well acquainted with these) – in case you’re feeling extra peckish.
Operating as a pop-up, the venue has currently closed the store on Little Malop Street and are in search for a permanent location. Or they’ve found one. We’re not exactly sure yet, but we’ve been assured that the venue will be back and we’re so ready for when they do.
Keep your eyes on their socials for updates.
Keep an eye out as we add more to this running list. Know of a new venue coming? Let us know here.