Melbourne's Most Attractive Bar

Under New Management

On April 8, Bear Deardoff relaunched Foo Bar in downtown Melbourne.

Foo Bar  provides quality service with an outstanding variety of the finest spirits, beer, and wine, served in a family-friendly environment.

Foo Bar is a special place to enjoy great atmosphere that accommodates the most demanding tastes. An upscale yet low key place for locals to gather. 

Deardoff wants to bring that high-end atmosphere back. “I want Foo Bar to be a firm staple in the community,” he said. “I want it to be roots for people. I want for people to know they have a cool place to go.”


Bear & Mike Deardoff owners of Foo Bar Melbourne
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The entrance, with its sculptures and landscaping, is proof enough you aren’t in dive-land any more. You can sit in the darker enclaves of the porch, but most choose the inside, which is better lit and never so dark you can’t see who might be approaching. It makes for good people-watching.


Foo Bar is a cocktail lounge,  not a club. It’s a place to have drinks before going out to dinner at a nearby restaurant or before seeing a play. Tucked into an alley just east of Meg O’Malley’s, it has an intimate, exotic air, with retro murals on the walls of an outdoor courtyard and dark wood and tin ceilings inside.

Eventually Owner, Bear Deardoff wants to host events again, maybe raise money for animal welfare charities. For now, though, he’s happy to be back in downtown Melbourne and part of the community.

“People want to see the business succeed,” he said. “They want to see Foo Bar come back.”

Foo Bar is at 816 New Haven Ave., Melbourne, 321-802-5006,

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