Today, iconic St Kilda pub, The Espy, unveils its newest addition, Louey’s, an Italian American inspired kitchen and bar, opens in the former Espy Kitchen.

Follow the warm glow and good vibes to the back of the The Espy, where Louey’s Bar & Kitchen will serve up flavour-packed, saucy and downright delicious riffs on Italian classics alongside an array of exciting cocktails, local beers & wines.

The venue itself is a lively yet cosy space, featuring splashes of neon, luxe red leather booths, soft lighting and a disco-ball inspired DJ booth in the centre of the room.  Flamboyant, decorative touches adorn the walls along with a custom designed mural by local Melbourne artist, Filthyratbag (Celeste Murphy).

Ideal for group celebrations and nights out with friends, Louey’s radiates fun, food and frivolity.  Big party vibes will take over each weekend as a disco ball descends from the ceiling as the DJ ups the volume.

In fitting with what people know and love about The Espy, entertainment, or ‘dance while you dine’ will be a big focus at Louey’s, with a weekly line-up of entertainment and events:

Louey’s House Band every Wednesday: With a jazzy, funky style covering all those crowd-pleasing classics, Louey’s House Band will play live and loud from 7pm every Wednesday.  The house band will feature a rotating group of exceptional musicians who guarantee an unforgettable evening of live performances each week.

Live DJs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday – Spinning an infectious Itali-disco vibe, house DJs will amp up the energy each week from 7pm, ensuring the party kicks on well into the evening.

‘Pick of the Brunch’ every Saturday – Music enthusiasts will be thrilled with the all-new Louey’s inspired brunch session.   Think a super fun piano bar inspired atmosphere where punters can take their pick of welcome cocktail, brunch item and even music! Hosted by a duo vocalist and keyboard player, brunch goers can share song requests by placing them in a disco ball bowl and kick back as they wait for their tune to be played.  The two-hour session will run every Saturday from 12pm – 2:30pm.

The food menu designed by Executive Chef Tony Moss has all taste buds covered with both classic and reinvented dishes made with every social outing in mind. Lighter bites like Mini Fried LasagneMeatball Pull-Apart Sliders and Louey’s Big Fat Green Olives served on ice are ideal for sharing amongst groups.  While the Louey’s Chicken Parmigiana & Spaghetti Meatballs, Tony’s Slipper Lobster Pizza and Big Rigatoni are ideal for empty tummies begging to be filled.

To add to the theatrics, diners will delight in the giant tableside wheel of Parmesan, offering freshly shaved dustings to each of Louey’s big Italian dishes.  And no meal will be complete without trying Louey’s signature dessert, a limoncello sorbet served in a whole lemon.
The drinks menu packs a punch starting with the 2-Sip Martini, a mini martini designed to kick start the evening.  To follow, a unique selection of cocktails that includes the bright and refreshing Hot Pink Chihuahua, the house spin on a classic Spicy Louey Margarita and the Sbagliato Spider, a boozy adult take on the memorable childhood spider.

Louey’s Bar & Kitchen opens today Wednesday 28th June and bookings are now available at:, or via the Hotel Esplanade website.

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Katherine Ng

Katherine is not your typical Beauty Editor. Finance consultant by day and beauty and fashion addict at all other times, Katherine spends her hard-earned money helping the Australian and international economy with her never ending pursuit of everything pretty. A keen traveller, Katherine still holds dear her Melbourne roots with an overflowing wardrobe filled with black clothes, shoes and handbags. Katherine also has a deep love of food and wine, and you can find those adventures on instagram at @thegreedykat Email: Twitter: @kath_couturing Instagram: @kath_ng

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