Now Open | Heartbreaker | Melbourne CBD

The dive bar aesthetic has overtaken the long-standing “granny’s living room” look as the trend du jour at the bohemian end of the bar design spectrum. Sometimes that can feel contrived. After all, true dives are just places that exist! They aren’t really designed intentionally to attract rabble-rousers and scoundrels […]

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Now Open | Smalls | South Melbourne

In case you missed it, I recently introduced new South Melbourne wine bar Smalls for The Urban List. — No neon signs. No espresso martinis. No nonsense. That’s the deal at new South Melbourne wine bar, Smalls. The embargo on “done to death” neon was written into the design brief […]

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Alumbra hearts New York

Harbourside club/bar Alumbra has new New York look. Interiors now traverse the concrete jungle with bright lights, hip hop homages and painted brick via designers Black Milk. The food menu has also has a street scene revamp thanks to Huxtable/Huxtaburger chef Daniel Wilson. I dig the black hot dogs. Cocktails […]

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Now Open | Brunswick East Wine Bar | Brunswick East

Forget 99 bottles of beer. There are 1084 painstakingly hand-painted bottles of wine on the wall at Brunswick East Wine Bar. That’s the (rather straight-forward) name of Brunswick East Wine Store’s new bar. It has been humming away for a short while now, but officially launched as of last week. […]

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The Festival of Whisky

The Kilburn

For the love of peat, the ‘Festival of Whisky’ begins tomorrow at The Kilburn! The festival is an extended week-long celebration of the golden elixir featuring master distillers, blenders and experts and interesting, rare or archival tipples. The deliciousness includes oyster and blue cheese pairings, experimental barrel aging of various concoctions […]

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