Melbourne is a stylish city. Ours is an indistinct style that’s distinctly Melbourne. Our streets are lined with stunning examples of Victorian, Art Deco, Brutalist, Georgian and Gothic architecture. Our bars are romantic recreations of bygone eras and distant places. Our meals are anything from skilfully crafted gastronomic masterpieces to quickly prepared, moreish street food. Our attire is…well…individual – spend a few minutes people-watching in this city and you’ll see beachy bohemians, goths, tailored professionals and preppy, well-groomed trendsetters.
Gents, this one is for you. Four places to prepare for, and two places to enjoy, a stylish Melbourne night out.
All shaves are not equal. Don’t believe us? Get yourself a hot-towel shave at Men’s Biz. Grooming here is so much more than a quick tidy-up. It’s a craft. Located in the Royal Arcade, Men’s Biz is a barbershop where you can get your hair cut, have your beard and moustache expertly trimmed and shop for all your grooming needs – they stock more than 2,000 products instore and online.
Men & Co
You’ll find Men & Co in two locations in the central city, inside the Kelvin Club on Melbourne Place and inside bar and restaurant, Ms Collins, at the New York end of Collins Street. Take a seat in one of the authentic Belmont barber chairs just beyond the classic striped barber pole and sip on a glass of whisky (optional) during your cut. Don’t worry if you’ve left grooming for your stylish night out to the very last minute, Men & Co will have you looking shipshape in 30 minutes.
Oscar Hunt is the sort of place where Frank Sinatra would’ve shopped. They create made-to-measure suits, overcoats and shirts from international fabrics. Take a seat at the bar (yes, there’s a bar) for a drink on the house! They’ll store your measurements on file for when you’re ready to update your wardrobe. Come for the clothes, come back for the experience.
Henry Bucks has been making and selling men’s clothes for more than 120 years. So when it comes to classic menswear, it’s safe to assume that they know what they’re talking about. Buy something off the shelf or have something made to measure. Henry Bucks stocks just about everything you’ll need for your dapper night out. Herringbone shirt? Check! Tailored trouser? Check! Classic coat? Check! Platted leather belt? Check! Braces? Why not!
Collins Quarter was built in the 1870s as a residence and consulting rooms by a certain Dr Robert Martin. Today, it’s an elegant venue for a very stylish night out. Start with a martini at Doc Martin’s aperitif and digestif bar. Next, move into A Quarter Past – the venue’s private dining room – for fresh island crab or a porcini-rubbed, grass-fed porterhouse. Then, end your night with a cigar and cognac in Ra, the Quarter’s cigar and cocktail lounge.
Fall from Grace
Fall from Grace oozes style. Enter through a sliding bookshelf, find your way down a winding marble staircase and into a super-stylish speakeasy. Deep red hues, dimmed chandeliers, classic furniture, framed mirrors, and a cocktail list to rival the best of them. Try their signature twist on the classic Espresso Martini (they call it the Saving Grace) with a mix of vodka, Kahlua, coffee and salted caramel.