Now Open | Chiara

Chiara. Collins Street, Docklands bar

So Chiara – the restaurant – opened a few months ago in modern Italian-by-way-of-New-Yawk style. But only now has its bar emerged with a life of its own via a newly burgeoning cocktail menu and barstool-tailored snacks. Alongside a liquid nitrogen tank for rapid cooling of sorbet destined to pimp […]

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Now Open | Doc Martin’s

Doc Martin's Collins Street Melbourne bar

The Doctor is in. And he just might have the cure for what ails you. The Collins Quarter complex has been opened up into Collins Street for the first time in years with the addition of aperitif and digestif bar Doc Martin’s. It feels rather grand to sit outside on […]

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Now Open | Heartattack and Vine

And all of a sudden Lygon Street is experiencing a renaissance. It seems the answer may be refocusing on a few lazy vinos and downsizing food to handily snack while we sip. Stalwarts like Brunetti are putting on aperitivo events with Two Italian Boys and 400 Gradi have opened their own cicchetti bar next […]

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Sloe Coach | Brooks

Cocktails at Brooks of Melbourne

For a place that’s known more for its fine dining (try chef Nic Poelaert’s Vegemite cracker with dehydrated kale – you won’t regret it) than it’s bar, Brooks sure knows how to make a lovely tipple. Bar meister Shae Silvestro works closely with the chef to create aperitifs and digestifs that play […]

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Peggy Lee | Le Bon Ton

Meet the one and only Ms. Peggy Lee. She’s a Southern belle with a hint of whisky on her breath and a lazy drawl on her lips: a bespoke drink created for Bar Schweppes by Collingwood bar Le Bon Ton. Bar Schweppes, the forthcoming marquee in the Birdcage at Flemington […]

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Now Open | Green Park Dining | Carlton

From espresso to all-day Tanqueray G&Ts: such is the transformation of the former St Ali North to Green Park Dining. Founding partner Jesse Gerner (of one of my fave nightspot’s Bomba) remains at the helm with James Madden (Kirk’s Wine Bar, City Wine Shop) developing the drinks lists. The not all […]

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Le Fizz

In my humble opinion it’s a faux pas to invite guests for “cocktails and canapés” and then to only serve champagne. Surely a cocktail hour denotes actual cocktails! For those who don’t believe that the sophisticated appeal of sparkling on arrival can be surpassed, I was recently introduced to the […]

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