If you think King’s Cross is all about bawdy buck’s parties and tipsy tourists, you haven’t discovered Melt, a cosy late-night cocktail bar. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Bayswater Rd, Melt is Kings Cross’ best kept secret. Now open til 5am – that’s right, no lock out – Melt has been a local favourite of East Sydney’s creative crowd for four years. And it’s not hard to see why.
Off the main drag on the tree-lined Kellet Street, the discreet entrance to Melt whisks you away to an intimate, bohemian bar. The art-lined walls, warm yellow lighting and comfy couches recalls a touch of Melbourne’s quirky underground bar scene. The music line-up, however, is distinctly Sydney, with its eclectic mix of hip-hop, electronica, deep house, electro funk and nu–disco. Live nights feature everything from jazz to indie to folk pop. Have a boogie or enjoy an intimate conversation away from the dancefloor – Melt offers both.
The cocktail list is as clever and refreshing as the friendly crowd of sophisticated arty types who love calling Melt home. (Try the rose petal martini or the xxxxx, and you’re sure to agree.) This isn’t the kind of place you go to ‘see and be seen’, which is exactly why Queens of the Stone Age, The Presets, the Edgerton brothers and Entourage’s Adrian Grenier choose to party here.
If you’re after a haven of delicious drinks and a laidback local vibe, now you can stay till late at Melt.
Just don’t tell the kids on Bayswater Road.
Melt Bar Cheat Sheet
What: Late-night cocktail bar Melt extends license to 5am
Where: 12 Kellet Street, Kings Cross, NSW
What: Intimate, funky cocktail bar with eclectic mix of music and DJs
Who: Friendly creative professionals and boho locals
When: Tues – Thursday 10pm to late; Fri & Sat 10pm – 5am; Sunday 11pm – 5am
Why: Because there’s more to the Cross than strip clubs and bad pizza.
By Georgia Clark