OPENING HOURS

Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday 3–11pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 3–1am
Monday – closed

141 Greeves St (near Smith St), Fitzroy VIC 3065

Telephone 03 9078 3866

Public transport

The 86 tram runs past the bar with the
closest tram stop being number 19

(corner of Johnston and Smith Streets).

Bad Frankie is named after the infamous Governor of Van Diemen’s Land, John Franklin, who outlawed small pot stills in the early 19th Century. Unfortunately, this law was written into national law when the country was federated. It wasn’t until 150 years later when the ‘grandfather of Australian spirits’ Bill Lark overturned the law and had started to produce his own whisky. From Bill, the industry has expanded exponentially and continues to do so into a range of Australian spirits, whiskey, gin, vodka, liqueurs and so on.

 

Bad Frankie showcases the range of boutique Australian spirits from across the country and complements these spirits with the iconic Jaffle.

 

Although we understand the pressure on Governor John Franklin, we also can’t help but imagine the time we have lost in the industry. We have created a bar that we imagine would have existed during the early 20th century, showcasing the range of excellent produce from across the country, and we can’t help think, what a Bad Frankie.