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Art n’ Absinthe in Fitzroy

Shrouded in a veil of mystery and myth since its 18th century Swiss origins and often (incorrectly) labeled as a hallucinogenic, Absinthe, la fée verte, the Green Fairy, has long been the popular choice of beverage for artists, writers and bohemians. Much like the spirit itself, Fitzroy’s relatively new Absinthesalon is a little mysterious. Hidden behind a heavy, unassuming wooden door off Fitzroy’s Rose Street, guests are admitted only after they ring a doorbell. Once inside, they are transported down the rabbit hole to a soft, elegant and dreamlike Much like the spirit itself, Fitzroy’s relatively new Absinthesalon is a little mysterious. Hidden behind a heavy, unassuming wooden door off Fitzroy’s Rose Street, guests are admitted only after they ring a doorbell. Once inside, they are transported down the rabbit hole to a soft, elegant and dreamlike 19th century French salon with close to 40 varieties of the spirit available.Dark period art adorns the walls inside, the ceiling is accented with a garden of reverse tulips (inspired by Oscar Wilde’s famous quote), and the Dark period …

Interview – Daragh Kan

Hightail bar, the new go to spot for an after work drinks, catch up with old mates or maybe just for a casual lunch. The décor of the bar is so elegant, yet quirky. The drinks are delicious and the food is unbeatable. Everything you need and want in one place, all you need to do is bring along your friends and have 100 Orders app ready to go. Let Daragh Kan, one of the owners of Hightail Bar tell you a little bit more about the venue and himself. Tell us Daragh, what was your team’s main inspiration behind this extravagant Hightail Bar and what makes it different? We wanted to create an escape for people in the surrounding areas and that’s where the concept of building a watering hole came from. With so many office workers in the area, having a bit of an oasis for them to take a break from work seemed like a smart idea. For Hightail Bar first timers, what is the best way to experience it? With a …

After Hours with Eau De Vie

We chatted to Greg Sanderson, owner of one our favourite speakeasy bars, Eau de Vie for the inside scoop on the world of cocktails and the Melbourne bar scene.   You’ve been in the industry for several years now and have also won the 2012 Australian Bartender of the Year Award. In your opinion what makes a good bartender? A great bartender first and foremost must be a fantastic host. Receiving service from a professional bartender should feel like you have been invited into their home and you are being taken care of like a friend. Sure an in-depth knowledge of spirits, cocktails and everything they are serving is important but a truly great bartender will know exactly when to pull out those facts and not force them upon their guests. As well as being an impeccable host they must move with grace and purpose, entertain but know how to leave a conversation gracefully to keep working, must be clean and organised, and always be willing to learn new things.   Eau De Vie is one …

Donut worry, Beer happy at the Donut + Beer Fest

Just when you are about to give up on winter, Donut Fest comes along and pick you up from being a couch potato! So, put your layers back on because one of the most exciting event is here! Prepare your appetite, as Donut Fest has 36 food and beverage vendors ranging from food stalls, food trucks and beverages. You can try donuts from around the world such as Argentina, Greece, Hungary, South Africa, America, Denmark, Australia and even Nutella donut burgers to glow in the dark donuts. #instagramworthy This Donut Fest is packed with full entertainment. Enjoy some live music, party at the pinball party bus, or maybe join the donut eating competition and win some prizes. Be the judge at the People’s Choice Best Donut Award and be wow by the miniature donut museum. Donut Fest has also thought about how nobody carries cash nowadays. They made this event 100% cashless, meaning your ticket is scanned and put onto a card (think: debit card) that can be used on the day like pay-pass to …

Get Frenched this Bastille Day in Melbourne

We can’t all just nip off for a cheeky trip to Paris, so let Bastille Day come to you. 225 years after la revolution, celebrate French culture at North Melbourne’s Meat Market Bastille Day French Festival, and enjoy a variety of food, live music, wine and films. With entry to the event starting at just $2 we recommend nabbing a ticket to a performance from the Melbourne French Theatre, or nibble your french goodies at one of the film viewings. For an even more immersive experience, why not try your hand at a wine, pastry or cheese masterclass with some of Melbourne’s best. Take home a bevy of delights from the French Food Market – the diet starts next week. For now, there is only cheese, croissants and wine. Tres bien! Where: The Meat Market, 5 Blackwood street North Melbourne When: 15th – 16th July More info: https://www.bastilledaymelbourne.com/

Get après-ski chic with Mont Plonk

On the 21st June, Mont Plonk had its exclusive opening party. Dressed in our most cosy winter jumpers we headed down to Melbourne Public Terrace to sample some delicious spiced mulled wine, snuggle into some Ugg Australia sheepskins rugs and get out our best pose for some snaps in the Mont Plonk chair lift. Despite being over 200km away from any hint of snow-kissed mountain caps, this well designed urban ski lodge creates the true look and feel of an après-ski bar. There isn’t any entry fee to access Mont Plonk, so come along with your friends and family and enjoy the après-ski experience. You will also have the opportunity to reserve tables by purchasing a “Group Ski pass”, which includes a reserved table, a cheese fondue to share, a bratwurst sausage each, a choice of hot toddy or boozy hot chocolate each and 2 shots from the shot-ski per person. On until the 16th July, Mont Plonk promises an authentic après-ski experience slap-bang in the middle of Melbourne. So for those who can’t make …

A Chocolate Lover’s Guide to Melbourne

Cookies and milk. Gin and tonic. Nutella and Spoons. Some things are just made for each other, and in our eyes Winter and Chocolate are the perfect match. Whether it’s in the form of a hot chocolate scalding the tongue, a cheeky box of handmade belgian treats or a more-ish pastry bursting with sugar laden loveliness, here’s our pick for chocolate in Melbourne: Cacao Lab Servicing the sweet tooths of St Kilda since 2003, Cacao has created a CBD lab to take chocolate love to the next level. With their full range of more-ish treats. Infamous for their decadent éclairs, pastries and handmade chocolates, enjoy an old school treat in their futuristic setting in the heart of the city Where: Drivers Lane, City. Also available in Highpoint and St Kilda.   Pana Chocolate If you’ve ever snaffled up one of Pana’s blocks from your local health food store or grocer, rejoice – Pana’s flagship store in the heart of Richmond is here to serve you even more vegan friendly delights. Expanding from their winning blocks …