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Raicilla Shandy

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Inspired by Wine Republic founder Fiona’s favourite summer cocktail and said bottle shop’s new collection of craft spirits, Fred Siggins from Black Pearl created this ‘Raicilla Shandy’. “Shandies are a great Australian tradition. I tend to judge a venue on whether or not they’re happy to make you a shandy; if

The 11 Coolest Summer Cocktails in Melbourne

The Como by Seaplane at Chiara

In case you missed it, I recently found 11 places to find booze in super-chilled or frozen form for The Urban List. Read on to find out how to stay cool this Summer in Melbourne… — The heat is on. Or at least it will be… So we’ve found the Melbourne

The Gingerbread Woman

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I was asked by a friend to make gingerbread martinis for a gathering but I’ve yet to find a drink in a recipe book or bar that really captures the headily spiced toothiness of proper old-fashioned-gingerbread. So I decided to concoct my own tipple! Since I protest at calling anything without a

Wine Republic gets Crafty

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I must admit bottle shops are like Mecca to me. I can get lost wandering the aisles, reading the backs of bottles and admiring pretty labels that – when smartly designed – seem like miniature works of art. My feet gravitate towards the unfamiliar treasures that provide a tiny glimpse

Upcoming | 7 Sippable Summer Sessions

Club Aperol at Fatto

Here’s to a long hot Summer ahead! Seven special ways to cool off around Melbourne below… Veuve Summer Party I was taught to never call the renowned Champagne simply “Veuve” as this means widow and there’s quite a few of those in wine-making history. “Clicquot” is supposedly the proper truncation. But

Now Open | Grand Trailer Park Taverna

Grand Trailer Park Taverna

The chinzy Chinese that was Happy Palace is now Grand Trailer Park Taverna. It’s a mouthful of a name – not to be confused with ‘Trailer Park’ the outdoor food truck events – but you’ll probably want a mouthful of their jalapeño studded cheeseburgers (of Dandenong Pavillion infamy). Come for

The Top 30 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 2015 Events (for Barflys)

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After the brilliant Melbourne Food & Wine Festival rolls around again in February/March, I’m going to be both fat and broke (but very, very happy). Looking at the just-released 2015 line-up there seems to be a lot of dough, more than a fair share of boats and more tipples than ever

Now Open | Miss Fitzy’s

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Inspiration for the name Miss Fitzy’s harks back to the grand old days of 1920s/30s era St Kilda when the thing to do was to head to the seaside to relax or dance the Charleston at the Palais. The new venue has been born from the minds of a trio of friends;

Liquid Gold Melt Martini | Bar Ampere

Liquid Gold Melt Martini by Bar Ampere..

The glamorous Liquid Gold Melt Martini looks straight up impressive. And, once you’ve enrobed a batch of olives in preparation, it’s relatively quick and so simple to make – one great way to impress your beloved. This drink was created by Bar Ampere’s Ben Luzz for the wonderful folks at

Upcoming Event | Tips’n’Sips

TipsNSips at Nieuw Amsterdam

It’s not often you walk away from a bar looking more beautiful than when you walked into it. Though one certainly may feel pretty darn pretty. Nieuw Amsterdam is rectifying this situation by collaborating with Trophy Wife Nail Art for “Tips’n’Sips”. Debuting on Sunday 30th November from 1-5pm, the event