The Briars, Mount Martha

Event Information

Food and drinks
at Barefoot Cinema

Barefoot Cinema is much more than a movie and our great selection of food and drinks is a highlight of our events.

Make sure you arrive early to enjoy an icy cold drink from the Barefoot Bar, tuck into some delicious food truck food (on select nights) and stock up on tasty treats from the Candy Bar.

Barefoot Cinema is a cashless event.

The Barefoot Bar

If you’re looking for an icy cold drink, the Barefoot Bar is the place to be this summer as we’ll be stocking delicious craft beer and cider from Matso’s, a selection of brilliant Fowles wine and the refreshing Manly Spirits!

The Candy Bar

For those of you with a sweet tooth, our candy bar if fully stocked with popcorn, choc tops, lollies and all of the treats you’d expect at the cinema!

Hot Food

If you’re looking for something more substantial, you are more than welcome to bring your own dinner. Some patrons even decide to Uber Eats / Deliveroo to the venue from the local restaurants.

Seating arrangements


No seats are provided in the general admission area, but there is plenty of room for your own beanbag, picnic rug or low back chair. It’s also pretty comfy on the grass!

Pleases keep the other guests in mind when choosing your spot as it won’t be much fun for someone spending the whole night looking at the back of your chair. There will be designated areas towards the back or sides of the venue for anyone with a high back chair.

There are also some beanbags for hire onsite, but they sell out quick so make sure you get in early!


Treat yourself with an Barefoot VIP Ticket and make this a really special night out. Each VIP Ticket includes:

  • your choice of a reclining chair or beanbag;
  • your seat within a premium seating area;
  • and bottomless fresh popcorn

There are no allocated seats in the Barefoot VIP Lounge, so make sure you arrive early to get a good spot for you and your friends. 

VIP Lounge upgrade does not include admission and must be added separately. Your entire group must have the VIP upgrade to be seated in the same area.

How to get there

History of this site

The Briars is one of the Mornington Peninsula’s oldest properties first settled in 1840 by Captain James Reid, a retired army officer. He took up a 2000 hectare pastoral lease which he named Tichin-Gorourke after the Bunurong name for Balcombe Creek meaning “voice of many frogs”. Bunurong people lived, hunted and gathered here for tens of thousands of years.

In 1846 Alexander Beatson Balcombe settled at Tichin-Gorourke with his wife Emma and their baby daughter. Balcombe built the Briars homestead which was completed in 1851. After failing to find his fortune at the goldfields, Balcombe farmed the land and tended 40 hectares of vineyards – experimenting unsuccessfully in wine production.

Balcombe and his descendants, the Murphy and A’Beckett families, remained at the Briars until 1976 when the remaining 220 hectares of land was sold to the Mornington Peninsula Shire and the homestead and surrounding gardens, lawns and outbuildings were gifted jointly to the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and the Mornington Peninsula Shire.

Barefoot Cinema acknowledges the Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation as a Traditional Owner of this land. We respect and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples history and heritage and their continuing spiritual connection to the land and seas. We value their living culture and practices and their right to self-determination.

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