274 Johnston Street, Abbotsford

The Johnston Street Milk Bar

BYO Wine only

Open from 7am Tues-Sat, 8am Sun, closed Monday’s

Live music most Friday nights


F: “The atmosphere of The Milk Bar is very laid back and that seemed a very important value to uphold to the staff that worked there. They had good customer relations - a tradie walked in, a regular, and one of the men behind the counter instantly began bantering with him. Another staff member went outside to write the specials on the chalkboard. He had a cigarette in one hand and a bright pink piece of chalk in the other.”

G: “The building was originally a milk bar, which explains it’s name, and after that it was a radio station. There was a small eating area with a few tables and booths, and a courtyard outside, and another room which we assumed to be a lounge area, where musicians performed.”

F: “Lining the walls were wooden shelves filled with vintage novels and records. A 40s or maybe 50s record was playing as we were eating.”


G: “I have a little rule – only two cups of coffee a day and both before twelve noon. Therefore, I can’t waste time ordering bad cups of coffee. This barista didn’t disappoint. When you hear names like “Agent Orange” and “The Dirty Bird”, a block buster movie, or two might pop into your head. I doubt that you would think these are the names of some of the best pizza’s around Melbourne town right now.”

F: “Some were even popular culture references such as “Pinky and the Brain”. I ordered a small “The Big Gudinski”, named after the founder of Mushroom Records. I have never been that big of a fan of the mushroom, but I took a risk and it turned out to be one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted.”

G: “I ordered a small “Book ‘em Dano”. My secret love of the Hawaiian pizza is hardly ever realised, but today I was out to impress only myself. The pineapple tasted like pineapple, which is hard to find these days.”



Food: 4.5/5

Service: 3.5/5

Ambiance: 3/5

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