Poodle Bar & Bistro

Poodle Bar & Bistro

Poodle Bar & Bistro warmly welcomes you.

Perch yourself on a stool in the grand, art-deco inspired public bar or find a spot amongst the artwork adorned walls of our bistro.

Poodle's menu is inspired by the tastes of Europe with it's own renditions of some well-loved, classic dishes. The restaurant accepts reservations of 6 to 12 people on Tuesday - Saturday evenings, whilst welcoming parties of 5 or less people on a walk-in basis to the bistro and public bar.

Lunch reservations are available for groups of any size up to 12 people, Friday - Sunday. Bon Appeit!


Located at the rear of Poodle Bar & Bistro you will find our spacious, sunny courtyard, prepped for all of those long spritzy lunches. The courtyard is heated and is armed with a large roll-out awning to make it suitable for all weather conditions. The raised patio above our cellar is perfect for your next outdoor event.


You simply don't feel as though you're in Fitzroy any longer when you reach Poodle Upstairs. Get cozy next to the fire with a cocktail in hand or enjoy some freshly sliced house-made charcuterie. Upstairs is flexible enough to accomodate any style of event, from the mellowest to the most boisterous. Our intimate private dining room is hidden away from the hum of the main bar space and is perfect for smaller events, seating up to 20 people. Follow the links below to view our Events Pack or to enquire about the spaces.

Review: HeraldSun

Poodle Bar, Gertrude Street's luxe new art deco restaurant and bar, was supposed to launch one week after shutdown was announced.

Owners Zoe Rubino (former manager of Supernormal and Supernormal Canteen) and Emilio Scalzo had already hosted friends in the 200-seat venue for drinks. Predictably, they're nervous to see coronavirus cases rising as they look to a new launch date of July 2.

But thanks to head chef Josh Fry (Marion, Cumulus Inc.), Poodle weathered the shutdown quite well, converting into an instantly popular sandwich shop, Rocco's Bologna Discoteca. The meatball subs and fried bologna sandwiches gained such a following the team are looking for a Fitzroy space to rehome it.

Poodle will finally be revealed this week (COVID-willing ). The spacious two-storey venue was formerly a boarding house. Before that, it was a butcher's shop. The previous owners discovered bones while renovating and, due to the site's proximity to Squizzy Taylor's stomping ground, had to hand them to the police.

The Bergman and Co design is a festival of deco detail: soaring archways, mirrored back bars (upstairs and down), palm tree sprays and luxe leather booths. There is a courtyard to the rear and a private dining room upstairs.

Fry's menu is the stuff of oldworld hotels: prawn cocktails, a quality club sandwich brushed in chicken fat with chicken crackling, crab and tarama vol au vents and Parisian gnocchi. The cocktails will be classics, but giving the negroni and spritz canon a bit of a break.

While restrictions remain, there will be a set banquet for $70. When roving becomes possible, you will be able to select wines from the walk-in cellar.

Will the Rocco meatball sub feature? In 2020, anything is possible, nothing guaranteed.

Poodle Bar & Bistro will open

Our opening hours are as follows:

Tuesday - Thursday from 4.00pm - Late
Friday - Saturday from 11.00 am - Late
Sunday from 12pm until 5.00pm

This article is from the June 30 2020 issue of The Age Digital Edition.
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 ⊜  81-83 Gertrude Street,  Fitzroy  View Map
 ✆ Telephone: 03 9086 8971
81-83 Gertrude Street, FitzroyVictoria03 9086 8971

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