About Bells

Natasha Francis

No visit to Broken Hill is complete without a trip to Bells Milk Bar! 

Bells is a Broken Hill icon where you can explore our fascinating social history and experience a rare insight into Australia’s unique milk bar and cafe culture. The original 1950’s decor, old style malted milks and soda spiders along with the attached milk bar museum and nostalgic gift shop has seen Bells recognised with multiple tourism awards and people often travel hundreds of miles just to get their hands on a Bells drink.

You can have a similar experience at Bells today as you could have 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 flavours, and they’re all made using Bells own handmade syrups and cordials, manufactured to Les Bell’s Famous Secret Recipe in small batches right here on the premises, just like they always have. The result is an ‘Out of This World’ taste of Broken Hill and local Australian history.

You can have a similar experience at Bells today as you could have in the 1950s or 1960s

After your indulgence, check out the Milk Bar Museum where you can learn all about the fascinating world of Australia’s milk bars and cafes and gain a valuable insight into a part of our 20th century social history that has all but disappeared. There is a range of original Bells and other milk bar memorabilia and photos to browse.

There’s also some necessary modern conveniences like organic single origin espresso coffee and a range of herbal teas. Customer facilities such as free wireless Internet, customer toilets means that you can hang around a while and soak up the atmosphere.

The Bells website is meant to be a fun place to visit, just like the real shop, so have a play and spend some time at Bells online. Check out the links below for further information or browse the site for lots more info about Bells…

Buy Bells Syrups & Cordials

Bells History 101

Milkshake & Spider Flavours


Directions to Bells

About Broken Hill

Online Store


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