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The Budgie Bar, Ringwood, AU-VIC

The Budgie Bar

4.2
4.2
191 Reviews
$41 to $100
Mexican
The Budgie Cocktail Bar is a unique converted warehouse bar located in Ringwood. The expansive space caters for the finest of cocktails, curated wine selections, beers on tap and of course; delicious food currently offered by our friends at Hecho En Mexico! An open floor plan that features a sun-filled beer garden, concrete bar and a Palm Springs inspired cacti corner, The Budgie is the perfect place for your Friday after-work drinks or for a Saturday catch-up with friends. Although tucked away, The Budgie is easily accessible being only a brief walk from Ringwood Station and Eastland Shopping Center as well as a number of hotels and accommodation.


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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of Operation
    Bar Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 4:30 pm–12:00 am Sat 1:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    0473 351 601
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Area
    Ringwood
  • Parking Details
    Parking is limited, we recommend catching public transport, car pooling or ride sharing.
  • Public Transit
    Train and Bus stop within 5 minute walk
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Bottomless Cocktails

    $65.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy a 2 hour bottomless cocktail experience featuring a specially curated menu of the finest cocktails and food. Sit back and enjoy the tunes, vibes, hustle and bustle of The Budgie Smuggler on your Saturday. The perfect way to catch up with friends or kick off your night. Each session is for 2 hours of 'bottomless cocktails'. Staff reserve the right to refuse service. Extended food and drink options are available at additional costs. All food and drink options are subject to availability. Minimum 2, Maximum 12 per booking. Pre-payment is required to confirm booking. We recommend arriving 15 minutes prior to your booking time.
  • Budgie's Late Night Menu

    Multiple dates available
    As the sun has set and your night out is still kicking, our Late Night Menu is introduced to tide you over for the last couple hours of your Budgie Bar experience. Don't worry, all our cocktails and drinks are available still but we have specially curated a delicate food menu that will tantalise your taste buds whilst you carefully select those last few drinks to enjoy.
  • Hecho En Mexico Sunday's - Serving 1-5pm

    Multiple dates available
    Hecho En Mexico will be serving the finest of food including $6 tacos from 1-5pm on Sundays. Make sure you book between these times to enjoy their delicious food. Booking outside this time? No problem! $15 Margaritas will be there to keep you company :)

What 191 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Melbourne

    Great for live music

  • Melbourne

    Lively

  • Eastern Suburbs

    Good for groups

  • Eastern Suburbs

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Eastern Suburbs

    Hot spot

  • Eastern Suburbs

    Lively

191 Reviews
  1. JenniferR

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great venue and good music and food. Could have used some fans as it was a hot day and cooling wasnt great.

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  2. KathrynG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great night with friends and family. Brilliant atmosphere, and the band Tonic was fabulous. We will be back!

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  3. Paul

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Good vibe place to have a good night out not a catch up and dinner

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  4. Nene

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated a birthday in The Garden outdoor area and was fantastic! The prices of cocktails can get a bit pricey, but were great. The food being mexican inspired was nice. We had a party of 6 including my elderly mother who managed to get on the bar stool and she really enjoyed herself. Overall we had a fantastic time with the outdoor ambience, upbeat music and great vibes! I will be back to try the bottomless brunch or a Sunday session.

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  5. StefanieS

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Near the car display would be a great place to sit but the noise on a Thursday would put me off

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and drinks. Friendly staff. We will come back again soon.

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  7. Kymmie

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been to the Bottomless Cocktail Session before and I feel the cocktails were a much better selection on our previous visit.. The Cocktails were all pretty sweet and I noticed that since our last visit where most of the cocktails on offer had two spirits in them this time only one did.. Same price though so don’t think that benefits the customer.. The Band was a great addition though..

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  8. SteffanieL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We've dined in this establishment multiple times in the past, but never had as disappointing an experience as we did this time round. Counter and bar staff were extremely unfriendly and rather rude. In saying that though, management and security were fabulous. Very approachable, welcoming, warm and professional. Food and beverages were great, as always, but this negative experience with staff was very disheartening. The venue was not at all close to capacity or busy for us to be able to put it down to staff being run off of their feet.

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  9. SharonS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great night with friends. Great drink prices. Food servings were small but tasty. Would I go back yes I would service was good and staff helpful.

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  10. MazdakZ

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent venue, good range of drinks, delicious food

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  11. CaitlinH

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great spot, great vibe, great food! Just a bit loud at times but had a good experience here!

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  12. Kiandra

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Staff were rude and not very helpful! No aircon on a 35 degree day

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  13. Stephie

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely experience! Trivia was loads of fun! Went for a very long time but that’s ok! Food was tasty and cocktails were lovely!

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  14. Petat

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice waitress and great cocktails. But it closes early - kitchen closed before 7pm and drinks shortly after. No napkins provided with messy tacos and disposable plates and cutlery seemed a waste.

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  15. MelodyR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Been here a fair few times service is always poor at the bar no smiles or customer service ppl were rude when asking a question cocktails are nice tho ran out of lemonaid which was annoying to

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  16. JacquiC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fun space, tasty food and good range of cocktails. Excellent Happy Hr specials. Staff are friendly and the bands are fun to dance to later in the night. Only hassle is happy hr and the wait at the bar especially if you just want to grab a quick beer or wine. Maybe another section for quick orders if possible.

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  17. NadineA

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Unfortunately our cocktails tasted like salt Unsure if this was a once off but we didn’t order any more

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great night! Definitely recommend. Half price cocktails

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  19. Nothankyou

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I’d just like to say a massive thank you to the staff. Due to a personal issue we needed to change tables to avoid another customer at the venue and they were so lovely and accomodating especially the girl in the turtleneck I forget her name but she was so so lovely and so helpful. Unfortunately the music is far too loud to have a conversation so I don’t think we will return But thank you so much again for the lovely and super accomodating staff!!

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  20. KellieW

    Victoria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    You could do with a dedicated line at the bar just for cocktails and another dedicated to easy pour items eg beer/wine. It takes way too long to get a drink eg a beer when all of the staff are taking such time to make multiple cocktails. Not everyone drinks cocktails.

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  21. EliD

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and drinks. Was required to scan QR code to order food and drink, but everyone at the table Only had 1 bar of phone reception and the internet would not load which made it frustrating to order. There was trivia going on and a line to order.

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  22. JaneT

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a great night. Fantastic atmosphere, lovely setting & delicious cocktails!

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  23. Tanya

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The only negative was that table drink service was slow. Other than that great atmosphere. And we’ll be back.

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  24. PennyR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Multiple areas to find a table, good music, great service, good atmosphere, crowd of 20-35yr olds, cool garage display, insta corner, stylish cocktails!

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  25. chrisG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It’s definitely not the place to go to if you want to chat while you’re eating

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  26. NatR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was hit and miss and served on paper disposable plates with disposable cutlery - like eating at a fast food restaurant

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  27. TaniaB

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great vibe…band was outstanding ! Staff super friendly and orders came out quick.

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  28. LizC

    Melbourne

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place to visit in the eastern suburbs. Just wish that the bar stools had backs....it'd help us older patrons be more comfortable and stay for longer. Great live music & cocktails and delicious Mexican food. We'll be back!

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  29. Ang1981

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and atmosphere is always great! Great live music! We’ve been a few times and always love it however this time we were treated poorly by the front of office/table manager. The young woman managing the tables on Saturday 5th Aug has terrible customer service. We were given the warning to leave our table at the end of the 2hour booking and basically told that the whole venue was totally booked so it’s best you leave. We hadn’t even received our next round of drinks or finished our food. We didn’t know which tables were ‘booked’ tables but there were vacant tables throughout the entire night (we were there 5:30-11pm!), so we moved to a very small vacant table but then she soon came back to us and extremely rudely told us to get off the table. ‘I told you we were extremely booked tonight. You can stand but there are no tables free’ We found a spot in the corner to listen to the live music and continued to see vacant large tables (in particular the original table we were at!) which upset us. Not to mention random people and new comers to the venue were just walking up to these tables and sitting at them! Not long after we had been told not to. This woman even said to these new comers - ‘you can sit at this table until 10:30pm as the booking hasn’t turned up’. We took this personal. She could have offered the other half of that table to us, we had clearly been there since 5:30pm and had voiced our upset that there was no where to sit. We were standing right beside her. She did this on purpose! We had complained to the manager when this first occurred and she calmly explained the situation. Then we noticed this particular staff member complaining to her colleagues about us, pointing fingers at tables and us. Extremely unprofessional. It would have been nice if someone came up to us and said that some of the bookings had not turned up - if you would like to use this table until the next booking arrives, we apologise your experience hasn’t been 100%

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  30. TimN

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service - we booked in an area that was bit loud for a social catch-up and we’re looked after by front of house staff who cheerfully relocated our (large) group to a quieter section

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  31. MaryO

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great night. Half price drinks to get started and a great band to stay for. Being able to eat along the way made sure we didn't regret it the next day! Friday arvo/night at the Budgie is a great way to start the weekend.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was fantastic, it was just so very loud and hard to talk with the people on your table

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  33. BrentonC

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was really good but tbh I thought the drinks were very expensive and not a lot of beer variety

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  34. Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good but served on disposable paper plates, no cutlery or serviettes provided. Food was okay but not amazing. Pricey.

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  35. LauraA

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great, cocktails delicious but the staff were the highlight - great humans.

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  36. Lisa

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, drinks and food. Great place to catch up with friends or colleagues.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    There was a snail shell in a cocktail and staff didn’t seem to show too much concern about the issue. All the lights were on which really took away from the normal ambiance

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  38. NatC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food delicious but way too small a serve. Some of the young guys behind the bar not the friendliest....which was noticed by a few different groups.

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  39. MayN

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was tasty, but the place was very very noisy. Venue was also very hard to find. And food was served in disposables. Why? So much waste!

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  40. CarlinaD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I had a large group booking for a bottomless cocktails session at The Budgie Bar. The food was delicious and generous portion sizes, and the bar service was quick with unique cocktails. When making my booking the staff were very helpful and allowed me to customise my booking to accommodate for my friends who wanted to join for dinner but not drinks. The ambience was great too, not quiet but not too crowded either.

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FAQs

The Budgie Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0473 351 601.

The Budgie Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 191 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Budgie Bar

1/166 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood, AU-VIC 3134

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Ringwood
  • Hours of Operation
    Bar Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 4:30 pm–12:00 am Sat 1:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Parking is limited, we recommend catching public transport, car pooling or ride sharing.
  • Public Transit
    Train and Bus stop within 5 minute walk
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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