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Bell's Milk Bar

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia. https://www.facebook.com/paula.mcmanus1
Published May 3rd 2014
The original spider
Take a step to left, right back into 1950

When in Broken Hill, a visit to Bells Milk Bar is a must.

Bell's Milk Bar, Broken Hill
Bell's Milk Bar, Broken Hill (©paula mcmanus)


The beautiful Art Deco building, the original 1950's decor and good old fashioned milkshakes and spiders make for a memorable and unique visit.

A spider? What is a spider? A spider is a mix of Bells' home made cordial, very fizzy soda, ice and ice cream. The only time I'll drink a lime flavoured drink is when it's a Spider. It certainly brings back some wonderful memories.

The winner of many tourism awards and favourite of people everywhere, Bells is a place to bring your children or your grandchildren and relive your childhood.

Bells started as F. Fenton Confectioners in 1892 and after a change of hands and some misfortune due to World War I, it became Bells in 1938. You can read more about the fascinating history of the Milk Bar here.

Bell's Milk Bar, Broken Hill
Bell's Milk Bar, Broken Hill (©paula mcmanus)


It's a fun place to visit and if you're visiting Broken Hill I would strongly suggest that you go and completely immerse yourself in this nostalgic milk bar experience. Sit at an original Formica table, read a newspaper or magazine from the 1950's and listen to 1950's radio as well. But, phew - there are some mod cons; fresh brewed organic coffee, herbal tea and free wi-fi are offered to visitors as well.

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Bells Milk Bar is located at 160 Patton Street, Broken Hill and they are open every day of the week from 10am to 5.30pm.

Broken Hill is a remote city in the New South Wales outback.

Although in New South Wales, the city is very close to the South Australian border and uses the same time zone and phone area code and receives Adelaide TV and radio stations.

The city is 1,160 kilometres west of Sydney and 511 kilometres north east of Adelaide.
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Why? Visit a good old fashioned milk bar
When: Open every day from 10am to 5.30pm
Phone: (08) 8087 5380
Where: 160 Patton Street, Broken Hill
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