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Bomba Restaurant and Rooftop Bar

One of my favourite restaurant bar combos in Melbourne is Bomba restaurant and rooftop bar.  This place is loaded with character and is an easy going fun place to hang out with friends while having great drinks and delicious food. The concept behind Bomba is a ‘Spanish workers bar’.  It’s fashioned after exactly what you […]

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Hophaus Bier Bar Grill

Ever since my trip to Munich I have fallen in love with German hospitality.  The people are so genuine warm and engaging.  I will never forget my trip to the five lakes district in Bavaria where they have live jazz in the summer afternoons at an outdoor picnic area which is serviced by a beer hall. […]

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Le Bon Ton

Darlin…….you had me at southern style buttermilk fried chicken! Le Bon Ton is fast becoming one of Melbourne’s hottest in the know restaurants, cocktail bars and absinthe saloons.  Located on Gipps Street in Collingwood this conversion from the old Glass House nightclub has brought life back into this glorious old pub. Themed as an American […]

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Bar Americano

  From the guys who brought you Der Raum their newsiest venture is located in Presgrave Place; one of those you have to know where to look lane ways.  Don’t let the dumpsters deter.  Bar Americano is bound to be Melbourne’s newest in the know cocktail hot spot. Think Italian neighbourhood cocktail haven.  Beer is […]

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Hihou

Hihou is one of my absolute favourite cocktail bars in Melbourne.  This Japanese bar ticks all the boxes, excellent design, views over Treasury Garden, an intriguing cocktail list, superb Japanese cuisine and a Japanese service ethic that differentiates the bar from others in the city.   The service is some of the best I have […]

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Fatto Bar & Cantina

One of the great pleasures in life is finding something wonderful and new.  It’s even better when it has been staring you in the face the whole time. Fatto Bar & Cantina is just that place.  Situated right next to the stunning Princes Bridge Fatto Bar & Cantina is exactly what Melbourne needs, a great […]

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EDV

  You can’t get much more Melbourne than this even though the first EDV is in Sydney.  Tucked in a Malthouse Lane look for a wood door and brass handle, no sign, no hint, you just have to know. Eau de Vie is all about the cocktail.  The homemade ginger beer is awesome, just like […]

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