Newstead’s New Vinyl Bar Serves Up Groovy Music And Izakaya-Style Eats

On the record

By Dinushka Gunasekara | 8th May 2023

You know when the food is so good you can’t help but do a little dance? Well at Newstead’s new vinyl bar, their izakaya menu and groovy tunes make for a toe-tapping experience every time you visit.

Ruby, My Dear is the latest venture from hospitality veterans Happy Fat Group – the crew behind Red Hook and Coppa. Taking over the former Drum Dining space, the bar is a nod to the jazz cafes of Toyko, bringing together music, food, and drinks in the inner-city area. 

The Japanese influence shines through the snack offering, from chicken skins with togarashi and torched spicy tobiko mayo to the katsu sando with crumbed pork cutlet, and miso-roasted bone marrow udon (owner’s tip: hang onto your bone marrow for a saké luge afterwards!). As for drinks, the bar boasts an impressive collection of old and new world wines, a clever mix of Japanese and Australian brews, and delicious cocktails, such as the Tommy Tsurai with green chilli tequila, agave, lime, and green capsicum. 

On deck you can expect jazz to kick off the week, with funk and soul bringing you into the weekend. Then from Friday through Sunday, it’s all about the afrobeats, disco tunes, and world music. Follow the sound of a good time and you know you’re in the right place! 

Ruby, Vinyl Bar is now open at 12 Longland Street, Newstead. Book here.

By Dinushka Gunasekara A self-proclaimed Spotify connoisseur who plans her weekends on Monday, Dinushka’s least favourite time of the day is in between meals.




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