Tag: Melbourne bars

And the winner is… Sydney!

Sydney is the new bar capital of Australia. Yes that’s right folks, after more than 13 years of publishing this humble little magazine and always referring to Melbourne as the city with the best bars I now feel it only fair to give credit where credit is due.

Cellar Bar

Beneath the Newmarket Hotel lies this quirky addition to Melbourne’s bar scene. From the Melbourne Pub Group and chef Paul Wilson, the emphasis is as much on food (see our bar profile this issue for a look at the kick-arse latin food) as it is on their 30-odd tequilas and mezcals.

A Bar Above

Within a crowd’s roar of the MCG, the Mt View Hotel will no doubt provide much-needed refreshment for those heading to the cricket this summer. They’ve spruced up the offering upstairs on the rooftop, decking it out with craft beers and a new emphasis on cocktails.

Mr Wow’s Emporium

The team behind Lily Blacks (nominated for Best Bartender’s Bar at Bartender’s Australian Bar Awards) are wowing Melbourne boozehounds with new bar, Mr. Wow’s Emporium. Exposed brick walls and long wooden tables and a curved bar house a wowing drinks program.

Milestone Melbourne bars

Over the past few months two prominent Melbourne bars have reached noteworthy milestones and I wanted to take a few minutes to congratulate them on their achievements. First up ,we see one of Australia’s founding modern-day cocktail bars, The Gin Palace, celebrate an amazing 15 years of operation. Most people should be well aware of this Melbourne institution and the man behind it Mr. Vernon Chalker.

Bar Profile: Virginia Plain

There are two big wine trends that have taken shape over the last few years: one of them is a trend toward natural wines; the other, an increasing interest in orange wines. And there is quite a lot of overlap between the two. Natural wine, loosely defined, is wine that is made with the least intervention possible.

Virginia Plain

With lyrics that seem contradictory and oblique, Roxy Music’s 1972 debut single Virginia Plain might seem an odd source inspiration for a bar’s moniker.
But look at the drink menu and the kitchen fare and things start to make sense.

Wellington’s Matterhorn maestro moves to Melbourne

Here’s an opening that we’re looking forward to. One of New Zealand’s finest talents, Christian McCabe, has made the move across the ditch to Melbourne to open a bar that is a mix of drinking and dining. “After looking in many places and abandoning a project or two we have finally managed to secure a site in Carlton,” said McCabe about the new site where the former one-hat diner, Embrasse used to stand.

East of Everything

If you were at cocktail joint, Bar None, in Camberwell and got a little restless and went exploring, you might be surprised at what you find…