An East African inspired watering hole located in the heart of Melbourne

Level 1 - polēpolē bar + kitchen... It's about African beers, tasty ribs and beats.

Level 2 - glamp cocktail bar... Bringing African Safari glamping style to you.


polēpolē is the Swahili expression for ‘go slowly’ reminding us to live in the moment.

Through sales of African beers and ciders we support YGAP and Women for Women in Africa.

PS - polēpolē is pronounced pol-eh-pol-eh


polēpolē open Tuesday-Saturday from 5pm

GLAMP open Thursday/Saturday from 6pm, and Friday from 5pm


Level 1&2, 267 Little Collins St Melbourne VIC 3000. 03 9650 2811.  Over 18's only.


We take some bookings for big and small groups. The rest we leave for walk-ins.

Use the below tool to book a dinner @ polēpolē. If you're a group of 8 or more please contact us directly. Please enquire for functions.


What's on?


Our themed party series. Fun. Stay tuned for our next installment.


Happy Hours

Start or finish your day...


All You Can meat

6:30pm to 10:30pm Tuesdays

Indulge in all the meat you can eat for just $39 per person. We’ll dish up share plates of our tasty ribs & scrumptious sides until you’re stuffed. Bookings recommended.


Sounds ON...

DJs spin some beats so that you can get it going. No cover charge. No attitude. 

From 7pm Fridays - DJ PATO mixes up some Boogie, Rhythm & Blues, and Afrobeats.

From 9pm Saturdays - DJ DaTBoY plays South African house.



After dinner in polēpolē, just laze around with:


Through sales of African beers/ciders, we support two organisations doing life-changing work in Africa:


YGAP is an incubator for social change with the goal to ‘inspire social entrepreneurs to end poverty through youth education and youth leadership’. It is a not-for-profit organisation that is entirely volunteer run. 

YGAP drives social change through the provision of youth education and youth leadership. The organisation uses creative fundraising opportunities and innovative social enterprises to support poverty alleviating projects across Australia, Asia and Africa. YGAP’s vision is to empower communities that are disadvantaged by poverty to become self-sustainable. 

Women for Women in Africa

An entirely volunteer-run organisation that assists the children and families of the Kibera slum. On the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, the Kibera slum covers an area of 630 acres, or around 10 times the size of the MCG, and is a place where over a million people live. Kibera was originally set up by the Kenyan government after WW1 to temporarily house those left homeless, but somehow the families sent there never left. The area grew and grew over the years but no infrastructure was ever put in place to provide the inhabitants with even the most basic of human needs. To this day, it remains a ‘temporary’ facility.


Thanks for your support.