All posts tagged: bars

Half Acre

BUFFET BRUNCH AND BLOODY MARYS: Half Acre Hosts Boozy Courtyard Brunch with Live Music for Melbourne Food  and Wine Festival All-day brunch has never looked better as Half Acre prepare to host an epic Melbourne Food and Wine Festival buffet brunch on Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th of March – the only brunch event on the festival’s calendar. To add to this never-ending feast of deliciousness, guests are encouraged to create their own Bloody Marys all day long at the eatery’s DIY Bloody Mary table, while enjoying live music and entertainment throughout the event. Expect the ultimate brunch menu including Vincotto Roasted Figs, Challah French Toast with Rosewater Berry Compote, Bacon Mushroom and Egg Pie and Roasted Pear with Saffron and Bay Leaf Custard, and Walnut Crumble. Also on offer is Potato, Silverbeet and Lemon Yoghurt, Pizza, Hot Smoked Salmon Dip with Dill and Pickled Green Chilli, and an assortment of fresh breads and bagels with whipped butter and preserves. Wash down brunch with unlimited Bloody Mary’s, or for those partial to a gin or spritz, Half Acre is also offering special Half …

Melbourne’s Newest Rooftop Bar

Melbourne loves a rooftop bar, and this September, we’re getting another one in Hawthorn! Named nineteenforty, the bar pays homage to the heritage-listed venue’s opening back on October 11, 1940.  Perched above Rivoli Cinemas, expect a garden inspired fit-out with festoon lighting, succulent potted plants and timber cladding. Offering panoramic views of Camberwell & Hawthorn, the venue is perfect for sipping champagne in summer, or curling up under umbrellas and heaters in the winter. Enjoy a  selection of bar food and a bespoke drinks menu with a specially curated list of drinks designed to amplify the setting or for the real gin enthusiasts, a premium G&T experience matches Star of Bombay with tonic water and a selection of botanicals. Rivoli Site Manager James Zwack looks forward to introducing a cocktail menu to compliment the Rivoli cinema experience. “We’ve always been enamored by the history of the cinema. The rooftop bar seems like the perfect way to invite guests to enjoy the space as much as we do.” This will be the place to be this summer!  Where: Rivoli …

World Gin Day

Gin lovers of the world rejoice as World Gin Day returns for its EIGHTH year on Saturday 11 June 2016! Tomorrow,  people from all around the world will be raising their glass with a legitimate excuse (not that we need one) to drink some gin, whether it’s in a cocktail, G&T or neat (yes, you can drink gin neat!). Looking for a place to enjoy some gin? Here are some venues across Melbourne celebrating the almighty gin: Gin Palace: 10 Russell Place, Melbourne Martini massages, bathtub gin, Gin dessert table, buy one get one free G&T’s Martinis and Negronis till late Four Pillars Gin Four Pillars Gin will be celebrating with celebrating gin all weekend long with three days of distilling sessions, maker’s classes, free tastings plus so much more. New Gold Mountain A flight of three mini martini’s (60ml) will take you through the history of the martini ~Martinez, South Side & Classic using Ransom Old Tom, Ransom Dry & East London Liquor Company Gins. Craft & Co Be the first to taste their own gin straight from …

Appleton Trail at Nieuw Amsterdam

The Appleton Trail is taking over Nieuw Amsterdam this weekend, transforming their downstairs bar  into a palm-filled oasis with DJs and live steel drum players. Expect Jamaican music, lush palms, bespoke Jamaican-inspired food menus and of course Appleton Estate infused signature cocktails. Appleton Estate have been creating authentic Jamaican rums in the Cockpit Country – a unique, lush and fertile terrain at the island’s heart – for over 265 years, exporting the warmth, passion and unique spirit of Jamaica around the world in each handcrafted bottle. So if you want to explore Jamaica through their signature alochol we suggest you get there early. When: 22 April – 23 April Where: Nieuw Amsterdam, 106 -122 Hardware Lane, Melbourne Visit the Nieuw Amsterdam website. Visit the Appleton Estate website. 

Academy Kitchen & Bar

Walking into Academy Kitchen & Bar, we were warmly greeted by the friendly waitresses and informed that we would be seated at one of the best tables in the house. It was a cooler Thursday evening and we were there to try out the new Autumn menu.  We had a choice of either picking our own dishes or leaving it up to the masterful hands of head chef, Will Manning. We of course love surprises so went for the latter. The first dishes to come out were the pumpkin gnocchi with butternut pumpkin sauce, pickled shimeji and crispy onion rings, and the salmon terrine with dill creme fraiche, saffron aioli, caperberries and sorrel.  The pumpkin gnocchi was light and  flavoursome, and coupled with the creamy butternut sauce topped with the crunchy onion rings, it felt like the perfect winter indulgence dish. In tasting the salmon, it was the saffron aioli that stood out for us and had us wanting more. Both considerable sized dishes, we were surprised that these were just part of the ‘snacks …

505 Wine Room

505 Wine Room officially opened on Tuesday and it’s the perfect destination for an early bite or a late supper. Housed in the historic ‘Bush Inn’ building, the designer space is inviting and modern, with exposed industrial beams and bespoke steel work and juxtaposing colour scheme included indigo and aqua. Patrons can choose to either sit in the main bar downstairs with casual high tops or cafe style tables, or if you want something more intimate or private there’s also the plush and decadent cocktail lounge upstairs. The menu is sure to make you drool with  a range of delicious options including Tuna Ceviche, local Snapper with zucchini, fragile, leads and pine nuts, Slow Cooked Lam Shoulder and Violet Crumble Honeycomb with Chocolate Aeros and ice cream. Making it easy to choose which wine to choose with each dish, each menu item is mapped out by what wine suits. Where: 505 Malvern Road, Toorak  When: Open  7 days a week from 12pm until late; Happy hour is of course at 5:05pm, for 55 minutes and offers $5 wines …

Time Out Melbourne Bar Awards are back

Where do you go in Melbourne for the best bar food? Where’s the best new bar? How about the Bar of the Year? Find out all the city’s hottest watering-holes and most skilled bartenders, as the annual Time Out Melbourne Bar Awards returns once again at the brand new host venue, The Mill House. Now in their fourth year, the Time Out Bar Awards are the only consumer-based bar awards to celebrate the best of Melbourne’s bar scene, with the city’s top venues battling it out for the coveted awards.  When past bar winners include Everleigh, Le Bon Ton, Black Pearl, Bar Americano and Harry & Frankie, you know that they are all over the hottest spots. In addition to great music, snacks and all the excitement of the awards ceremony, partygoers will be treated to White Rabbit beers, Maker’s Mark bourbon whisky and hangover cures from Hydrodol. The 2016 edition of the Time Out Bar Guide will also be launched at the event. Early bird tickets are now on sale for Melbourne here and the full list of nominations …

Alumbra Bar & Club

Alumbra gets a makeover

Before we start this article, we must confess that although we have always known of the club/bar Alumbra, it’s Docklands location scared us and we have never made the trek there. Recently revamped and given a facelift by Roar Projects, last Wednesday they held an exclusive VIP event to launch the new look and the We Know Melbourne team went along to check it out. The venue had been given a new creative identity, based on the streets of New York and upon entering the warehouse conversion, we couldn’t help but feel that we were transported to a bar in the Upper West Side. All the guests were glammed up in high heels, dresses and suits. The venue itself now had an increased capacity with an extended floorplan. We loved the idea of the outside terrace for a cheeky cocktail under the stars. However the main attraction of the night was the foodie partnership with master chef Daniel Wilson – The  man infamous for bringing to Melbourne, Huxtable and those delicious Huxtaburgers. The New York style menu …

Shaken not stirred at Please Don’t Tell

When we heard that the boys from New York’s most famous speakeasy were coming to Melbourne, we couldn’t help but get excited, and so did the rest of Melbourne it seemed. Tickets sold out (or should we say booked out – entry was free) within minutes and we were lucky enough to secure tickets for the first session. Now, we’ve visited a whole lot of speakeasies on previous trips to the US, and we had heard about Please Don’t Tell, but low and behold we never got there. Call it what you will, but we think this was definitely a sign, that we had to go! In case you don’t know what a speakeasy is (one of our friends who came along actually had to google it first), old mate, Wikipedia defines it as: “an establishment that illegally sells alcoholic beverages. Such establishments came into prominence in the United States during theProhibition era (1920–1930).” Although these days, it would be more used to describe bars with a retro style, think something out of the 1950s that …

Parlour Tea Room

I’ll take my tea with cheese please!

We’ve got to admit that when we think of cheese the first thing that we think of pairing it with is certainly not tea. However, as you know the We Know Melbourne team can’t stay away from cheese, it’s our Kryptonite and so one rainy Sunday afternoon we decided to try out the Porcelain Tea Parlour. The Porcelain Tea Parlour is located on Johnston St, Carlton, just a couple minutes walk from the Lygon main strip. It’s easy to miss if you’re not looking out for it, but we can smell a good cheese a mile away. Open till late every night, it’s the perfect spot for a night out (if you don’t want a boozy night). The interiors feel like you’ve entered someone’s cosy lounge room with a big chesterfield couch in the middle and a couple of tables filling the rest of the floor. Make sure to check out all the ceramic tea pots lined up on the wall, the variety is outstanding! The area doesn’t fit too many people in, which we …