The 18th Amendment Bar Geelong

1920s Chicago Style speakeasy

Nominated for the 2021 Golden Plate Awards

What they say

Step back in time to Chicago speakeasy bars of 1920-1933 during “Prohibition” when it was illegal to consume, sell or bootleg alcohol.

Street Address: 82A Little Malop Street, Geelong

  • Category: Wine Bar
  • Extensive Drinks list and light refreshments
  • Gluten Free available
  • FOH Manager: Damien Kos-Beckwith
  • Cards Accepted: Visa, Mastercard and Amex
  • Serving days and hours:
    • Tuesday to Saturdays 5.00 pm to 1.00 am
    • Wednesdays and Sundays 5.00 pm to 12.00 midnight
    • Mondays CLOSED
  • $$
  • Street Parking
  • Covid-safe measures in operation

First Judges’ Report in 2021

If the 18th Amendment Bar had graced Camp St when I was a local I might never had left Ballarat to explore the world (though its proximity to the old cop shop and court house may have rained on its parade)! These days this Wine Bar ticks all the boxes for booze, atmosphere, service, and sex appeal. Down a narrow alley, in an unexpected locale is a time warp speakeasy that takes you back 100 years to the Roaring Twenties USA when alcohol consumption was prohibited. Fat chance of abstinence when you’re confronted with a drinks list that counts over 160 whiskies, 25 mezcals, 100 gins and 60 rums on its regular listing, plus heaps more rare and exclusive tipples and signature cocktails, backed with a comprehensive beer and wine selection. And the bar snacks are not shabby either.

18th Amendment is dark, moody and sexy. The couches comfy, the music evocative, the bartenders sling cocktails like there’s no tomorrow and the floor staff make sure you have the great time. This is party central, in a sophisticated upscale atmosphere where you can certainly get the drink you want, even if you don’t know what that is (just ask). You’ll be rewarded by some of the region’s most talented mixologists.

Special strengths

Big on 1920’s speakeasy atmosphere and date night scenario.  Outstanding and friendly service. Extensive drinks list. Salted caramel tequila old fashioned. Delicious baked brie and warmed olives. Very fair prices.

See drinks menu ⇒

No bookings required (walk in)

Tuesday to Saturdays 5.00 pm to 1.00 am Wednesdays and Sundays 5.00 pm to 12.00 midnight Mondays CLOSED