Caretaker’s Cottage, a quaint bar in Melbourne’s CBD, has been recognised as one of the best in the world.

The unassuming drinking hole appeared on the World’s 50 Best Bar long list and ranked 60th in the global competition.

Speaking of the accolade, co-owner Rob Libecans says he wasn’t expecting Caretaker’s Cottage to make the cut. “I didn’t think we’d make it, particularly because of Covid and the position Melbourne has been in with the world’s longest lockdowns and being one of the last cities to open up again,” he said.

“International travel hasn’t really been a thing and these lists are dependent on free travel.”

Libecans told Herald Sun that he and his fellow co-owners Matthew Stirling and Ryan Noreiks aimed to make Caretakers Cottage an immersive space.

“It’s quite a unique venue in a unique part of Melbourne. Before you enter, you walk past this old Gothic church and a brand new skyscraper before you’re brought into this green grassy oasis in the city – so you get to enjoy the space before you walk in,” he said.

“It feels like an English pub but is quite Aussie and has a feeling of a house party in the evening.”

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“Our drinks are very approachable. We don’t batter you with information – it’s not an educational ride,” he said.

The bar shared the exciting news on their Instagram page, too.

“Not bad for a little pub on the far side of the planet,” they wrote.

The post continued, “A huge thank you to everyone who has helped and supported us over the years. We genuinely would have given up without you all.”

“Thanks also to everyone who voted for us. We are so happy you love our place just as much as we do.

“Business as usual, nothing changes. Maybe just a bit more champagne tomorrow.”

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