Bells Milk Bar is an in tact 1950’s milk bar in South Broken Hill (thanks to Les and Mavis Bell’s 1956 renovation). It’s famous for its long history, quirky décor, and the ‘out of this world’ old fashioned milkshakes and soda spiders served here.
You can have a similar experience at Bells Milk Bar today as you could have had in the 1950s or 1960s. Imagine sipping a malted milk or traditional soda spider amidst the original chrome fittings and furniture while listening to the ‘latest’ 1950s music or reading a 1956 magazine. You can choose from over 50 original recipe traditional drink flavours, and they’re all made using Bells own handmade syrups and cordials, manufactured in small batches right here on the premises, just like they always have. History has been restored, refreshed and revived, and stepping into the multi-tourism award-winning Bells Milk Bar is like stepping back in time.
People have been travelling from far and wide to Bells Milk Bar for ‘out of this world’ malted milks and soda spiders for generations. Once upon a time, many old milk bars and cafes in Australia made the bases for all their drinks by hand. At Bells, all our authentic syrups are still handmade to Les Bell’s Famous Secret Recipe here on the premises in Patton Street – just like they have since 1892 when the shop was founded by Fredrick Fenton as a confectioner and cordial maker. The result is worth bottling…
After your indulgence, check out the Milk Bar Museum where you will not only learn all about the history of Bells and unearth the fascinating world of Australia’s milk bars and cafés, gaining a valuable insight into a part of our 20th century social history that has all but disappeared.
Situated in the Bells’ original 1950s kitchen and lounge room, it’s a great place to catch a slice of life in the 1950s and 1960s, and also houses an interesting collection of ‘kitchenalia’, as well as local and national milk bar and cafe memorabilia.
Stepping back in time doesn’t mean you can’t take the future with you. Bells serves only FAIRTRADE certified single origin espresso coffee and a range of herbal teas. Customer facilities such as free wireless Internet, customer toilets and the new baby change room means that you can hang around a while and soak up the atmosphere.
Click on the links below to find more information on Bells Milk Bar & Museum…
Bells Syrups & Cordials
History of Bells Milk Bar
Menu [PDF file of Menu in new window]
Store Facilities & Services
Groups & Special Events