301 Swanston St, Melbourne

Highly recommended

Doms Social Club was made for a good time. Spread over 3 levels, this Italian venue has an old-school (almost pub-like) charm; it feels welcoming and lived in. It’s an accomplishment, as it only opened its doors towards the end of 2020.

Take the stairs to level 3 and you’ll find their popular rooftop bar.

On the first floor is the restaurant, serving a precise menu where the wood-fired pizza is the main attraction. There’s no margherita, instead, there are around 7 more-unique options, mostly meat-based.

There’s the ‘Pastrami & Marrow’ (featuring a meat sauce,) and the pork cheek and pumpkin. It makes sense when you realise that Doms is from the same team behind Dexter, the popular BBQ restaurant behind Melbourne’s ‘meat donut.’

On the second level, you’ll find another bar, complete with a pool table, making Doms Social Club easy to settle into for the long haul.