Get your party shoes on, Festa Di Santa Giovanna is making it's debut at Joanie's Baretto! Delight your senses over two celebratory days of food, drink and entertainment. Be the first to experience this growing Festa full of fun and surprises! 



 Born 29 May 1628, Died 1 November 1666.

Giovanna Capellini, now referred to as Santa Giovanna, grew up in Rosarno, Calabria and was raised by nuns in an orphanage. Always a handful, she challenged authority and structure and gave the sisters a very difficult time towards the end of her residency.  Legend has it that the nuns didn’t look too far for her upon news she had escaped their care.



A night of mischief, fun and frivolity celebrating the woman of community, Santa Giovanna! A chance to let your hair down and get loose, this event is for those of you who are first to the party and last to leave.  After all, Santa Giovanna would have wanted it that way!

TICKETED EVENT. Doors open at 7pm.



After a week of festivities, the festa draws to a close on Sunday where we celebrate the homecoming of our patron saint, Santa Giovanna. Devour the sacred foods of the festa – purchase our homemade salsicce cooked over charcoal and taste our traditional zeppole!

FREE ENTRY. Doors open at 1pm.


We're always buzzing with something going on.  Pop in on an intimate date, or get loose with a bunch of your nearest and dearest.  There are DJs on the decks Friday and Saturday nights to get you swooning and grooving.

Our calendar is also packed with functions and special events, so get involved and discover why we're not just any old bar.  

We bring the nostalgia and hospitality of Italia to you.

Aperitivo Sundays

Our Aperitivo Sundays have fast become the best and most traditional Aperitivo in Melbourne, on the 1st Sunday of each month. Mark it in your calendar, it’s the perfect place to say hello to the Joanie’s family.

From 1.30pm for $20, have a drink and sample the delights of a true Italian aperitivo - cheese, salami, pasta and more - Buonissimo!

No bookings required. Come and enjoy the good life with food, wine and the best Italian music. What’s Sunday for if not a celebration, Italian style!

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ARrosticini bbq

Ever sunk your teeth into one of these Arrosticini? They may be small but don't let their size fool you. They're full of flavour and once you start you won't be able to stop!

For one day only we're teaming up with Fat Sheep to bring you these juicy lamb skewers, cooked the traditional Abruzzese way - over hot coals. 

So grab your amici and join the party from 1pm on Sunday 15 April. We'll have a live DJ and drink specials to get your Sunday sesh started! 


happy hour

Join us for Happy Hour everyday (that's Wednesday through Sunday) until 7pm.

Enjoy $10 spritz and $6.50 Peroni pots! Now that's gotta make you smile. 

Cin cin!