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Welcome


Have a beer at the bar, wine with dinner, a hit of pool, then a nightcap by the fire.

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Welcome


Have a beer at the bar, wine with dinner, a hit of pool, then a nightcap by the fire.

BOOK ONLINE NOW

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Who We Are


 

Three different spaces for all variety of visitors, from bar hoppers to groups to serious diners.

 

Who We Are


 

Three different spaces for all variety of visitors, from bar hoppers to groups to serious diners.

 

 

BAR AND EATERY IN PRESTON

In 2015 a 600-square meter panel beaters workshop was reborn as a bar and eatery from the collaborative desire of 3 friends living locally in Preston. They wanted to create a venue they'd go to themselves for great food and a drink.

Stray Neighbour is fully licensed bar and restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.  It offers three different spaces for all variety of visitors: bar hoppers, groups and diners.

The bar has 12 beer taps rotating seasonally complemented by a predominantly Australian wine list and classic cocktails.

Romina Gagliardi - also a Preston local - is a young, passionate chef with a simple, clean, fresh food style and philosophy. She has a commitment to using quality and seasonal produce. Her menu is European-inspired, offering daily specials and bar snacks.

 
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WHAT'S ON


WHAT'S ON


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THURSDAY STEAK NIGHT $20

EVERY THURSDAY - O'CONNORS PORTERHOUSE WITH ACCOMPANIMENTS $20

AVAILABLE FROM 5:30PM

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HAPPY HOUR

$3 POTS*    $6 PINTS*    $5 HOUSE WINE
*SELECTED DRINKS

AVAILABLE FROM OPENING TO 6PM

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SUNDAY SUPPER  $30

SIMPLE SEASONAL FARE

EVERY SUNDAY - 2 COURSES INCLUDING A GLASS OF WINE,  BEER OR CIDER $30

AVAILABLE FROM 3PM

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Menu


Simple, clean, fresh food style and philosophy. European inspired. Quality, seasonal produce. 

Menu


Simple, clean, fresh food style and philosophy. European inspired. Quality, seasonal produce. 

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Reservations


We have function packages available for your event including menu, fireplace and booth section.

Reservations


We have function packages available for your event including menu, fireplace and booth section.

 

RESERVATIONS

If you are planning dinner with us, bookings are preferred.

Please note, we require bookings larger than 10 on a Friday or Saturday to be on our Feed me menu - comprised of shared appetisers, entrees and mains.

You're more than welcome to bring your own cake - cakeage is $2 per head. 

Please advise if you have any food allergies as we can accommodate guests with a variety of options.

OPENING HOURS

Tuesday – Thursday: 4:00pm – 11:00pm (full menu from 5:30pm)

Friday – Saturday: 3:00pm – 12:00am (full menu from 5:30pm)

Sunday: 3:00pm – 10:00pm (full menu available)

 

FUNCTIONS, Special Events & Private Parties

Book your event or function at Stray Neighbour. We have function packages available, including use of the coffee table, fireplace and booth section.

Please use the form below or call us with any enquiries on
03 9471 1948.

 

GIFT VOUCHERS

The perfect gift for any occasion; birthday, wedding, thank you gift, or just because; dinner and/or drinks at Stray Neighbour. 

Click here to purchase.
 

 

Please use the form below for any function enquires, or call us on 03 9471 1948.

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Press and Reviews


Press and Reviews


 
 
 

Photo: Alan Weedon

Broadsheet Melbourne

"Some of the things on the menu, we couldn’t even pronounce,” says co-founder of a new venue, Andrew Chew. “We didn’t even know where they were from.” Guess the suburb. Carlton? Nope. South Yarra? Not even close.

We’re talking about Preston, where Chew (of the nearby Chew Burgers) just opened a restaurant and bar named Stray Neighbour with friends Ben (also a co-owner of Chew Burgers) and Dan Stray. “We knew if we opened a bar, it’d just be another place serving ‘parmas and burgers,” he says. So they’ve done something else...

 

Photo: Paul Jeffers

Good Food

Here's the optimistic bar and restaurant that will unpick any lurking jibes about not-hip-enough Depreston, one pint of craft beer at a time. You could think of Stray Neighbour as a gastropub in industrial skin: there's an astroturfed beer garden out front and the massive ex-panel beater interior has been gently demarcated into bar, dining room and handsome saloon with pool table. Tin ceilings and factory windows could make the place cold but the heating is good and a forest mural and swooping touches of green bring warmth and whimsy.

 
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Concrete Playground

It was only a matter of time. High Street Thornbury is so bursting with great bars and restaurants that those on the other side of the track that is Bell Street just had to be patient.

Stray Neighbour on Plenty Road is one of the first to sprout. It melds bar, restaurant and gastropub seamlessly — a feat that should not be taken for granted. Where a lounge area with pool table could have brought the warm industrial vibe of the dining area down towards 'grunge', it doesn't. Where a vast timber-clad bar area and casual booth-style seating with bare wooden tables could have made you doubt the focus on and delicacy of the food, it doesn't.