• Bars

  • 03.Mar
  • Now Open | Zhou Zhou Bar | South Yarra
  • Say hello hello to Zhou Zhou. It’s the new bar that’s secreted away in the loft space above Oriental Teahouse. Zhou Zhou claims to have the most extensive Asian beer list in the nation, while the cocktail line-up leans towards “fun” tipples with classic Asian ingredients such as lemongrass, aloe vera juice, sake and lychee… Read on

  • 12.Nov
  • Pop-Up: The Balvenie Craft Bar
  • Fromager, glass-blower, jewellery maker. It may not have quite the same ring to it as ‘butcher, baker, candlestick-maker’ but there’s poetry in celebrating these crafts and the artisans behind them nonetheless. The Balvenie whisky company professes an affinity for handcrafted things (aside from their own single malt scotch) and has set up a pop-up Craft… Read on

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  • 09.Oct
  • Limoncello Frizz: The Meatball and Wine Bar
  • The Meatball and Wine Bar recently celebrated its first birthday. For a year the bar has been the place to settle into a cosy stool and sip an Aperol Spritz alongside a serve of spherical-comfort-food-turned-chic-late-night-bites. They’ve since added a sister bar in Richmond and are soon to offer tasty items like spiced rubs, pickled green… Read on

  • 28.May
  • Lily’s in a Pickle
  • You may have heard of or experienced – a Boilermaker; a shot with beer chaser. Lily Black’s has now warped this party-starting idea by introducing a ‘Picklemaker’ menu. The concept was partially sparked by a drink dubbed the ‘Pickleback’, a Brooklyn-based trend of whiskey (typically Jameson’s) and pickle brine chaser that has caught on here… Read on

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  • Events

  • 13.Feb
  • Diary: Grape Grazing Festival 2014
  • I grew up just outside the Yarra Valley. So attending the Grape Grazing food and wine festival became a right of passage once my friends and I came of age. I’ve been many times but, as with many events, the  more popular they become the more the allure wanes. I haven’t been in years but… Read on

  • 30.Aug
  • Diary: Cherry Blossoms & Dreams of Tokyo in Springtime
  • Champagne & cherry syrup garnished with Spring cherry blossoms at Sake In Japan the arrival of blossoms on cherry – or “sakura” – trees is a much anticipated event. It’s a national time of celebration as buds unfurl like delicate little orbs of pink tissue paper to dress bare twigs. Sake are bringing a little… Read on

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  • Drink + Dress

  • 13.Feb
  • Cocktail (Ring) Hour: Metal Couture
  • This medieval-looking cocktail ring is handmade by the genius William Llewellyn Griffiths for his Metal Couture jewellery label. It’s a solid 18ct yellow gold and blackened sterling silver setting with black diamonds and that  feature green tourmaline stone. Got $5,500 plus change? Then I’d recommend you wear this while drinking something suitably green and absinthe-y.

  • 24.Aug
  • Cocktail (Ring) Hour: Samantha Wills
  • The sky blue stone in this ‘Bohemian Bardot’ ring by Samantha Wills makes me yearn for the return of skies of a similar colour. It’s not too long until we Melburnians will be enjoying weather that calls for sipping  - multiple – bellinis under the sun’s warming rays (there’s even a peach version of this… Read on

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  • 25.Nov
  • WIN the 2014 Campari Calendar
  • Actress Uma Thurman follows in the footsteps of fellow screen sirens such as Penelope Cruz, Milla Jovovich and Salma Hayek to star in 2014′s iconic Campari calendar. Next year’s calendar in inspired by global celebrations with Uma and photographer Koto Balofo (who has shot for the likes of Burberry, Hermes and Vogue) recreating and celebrating festivities around… Read on

  • 14.Nov
  • WIN your way into a private party at Captain Baxter
  • To celebrate the start of this wonderful city’s Summer social season DrinkMelbourne is hosting a party at St Kilda bar Captain Baxter. I can’t promise sunshine (come on Melbourne, do play nice) but I can promise delicious Jameson Whiskey and Havana Club Rum cocktails and a glass or two of Gentle Annie‘s sparkling Prosecco. Drinkables… Read on

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