Drink in any language is music to our ears, and none more so than Puza, Melbourne’s latest underground bar. 

Steakhouse restaurant group, The Meat & Wine Co, no longer only provides us with sensational seared steaks, but now, a slice of Africa thanks to their new intimate underground bar opening last month. Tucked away beneath The Meat & Wine Co dining lounge in Chadstone Shopping Centre, the adequately named Puza, (the Zulu word for drink), infuses South African style with modern flare featuring a layered series of circular seated areas, velvet accents, tree trunk tables and earthy décor.

On the drinks menu is a curated selection of unique blended cocktails alongside single malts, classic bourbons, boutique wines and sparkling varieties from around the globe. Snuggle in for an African Moon or an Elephant Espresso Martini, best paired with small plates on the side: think artisanal cheese platters, cured meats and traditional South African snacks.

Puza Bar, Melbourne. The Elephant Espresso Martini. Image Supplied.

Puza Bar, Melbourne. The Elephant Espresso Martini. Image Supplied.

Ben Preston, Seagrass’ Senior Beverage Manager and curator of the Puza Bar menu comments, “The vision for Puza bar menu was to curate something that is comfortable, ambitious, and stylish and with an afro-centric twist. I wanted guests to be able to enjoy a variety of cocktails, delicious ‘single malt’ selections, familiar back bar players, boutique wines, beer and whisky”.

Open Thursdays to Saturdays, Puza is the perfect place for pre or post-dinner drinks where you can unwind and joyfully navigate through the extensive beverage menu.

Puza Bar
Where: Shop HT002, Chadstone Shopping Centre, 1341 Dandenong Rd, Chadstone VIC 3148
When: Thursdays – Saturdays, 4pm until late
For more information visit Puza Bar