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The femme fatales of Melbourne's bar scene

Do you like ribs with your RnB tunes? Your whisky neat? Your punch spiked? The city has something for every taste and these bars keep it interesting with their playful personas. Let’s take a look at Melbourne’s three ladies of the night.

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State of Grace: Old fashioned with a twist

Grace is a collector. You’ll see, as soon as you enter the Venetian Gothic style doorway to State of Grace. It’s an eclectic arrangement. A combination of an academic’s den and a hunting lodge. In the secret cellar below, it’s all about chandeliers, dark wood panelling and dark corners. A intimate hangout for an after-work drink–if you can find the hidden entrance.
Grace is the persona behind State of Grace and the downstairs bar, Fall From Grace. She’s big into literature and winds down by writing poetry. If you ask about her favourite book, she’ll tell you she’s torn between Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night. She loves the merrymaking and excess of the Jazz Age (much like State of Grace’s cocktail degustation!).
Grace is a little reserved until you truly get to know her, which is about the time she begins to reveal the secrets up her sleeve.

Ms Collins makes sure you never have a dull night

Ms Collins makes sure you never have a dull night

Ms Collins: Dom Perignon

This forever-young Melbourne socialite parties hard and sleeps late. Her mantra is ‘detox and retox’. She’s a tongue-in-cheek party girl who’ll wine and dine you until it’s time to stack the chairs and make room for the beat to drop.
Ms Collins throws on her dancing shoes for Tromba Thursdays ($15 tacos & sangria from 4pm) and her love for old-school tunes lights up Phat Fridays ($20 ribs and burgers).
In the mood to be spoiled? Ms Collins will set you up in a VIP booth with your own hostess and drinks package. She’s a fan of Belvedere. If you hadn’t guessed, Ms Collins loves to throw a party and keeps a little something special for the birthday boys and girls.
Indulgence is her game. She’s all taste and class and shines as the life of the party. Ms Collins works hard to make sure your visit is never dull.

Step into a world of whimsy at Madame Brussels

Step into a world of whimsy at Madame Brussels

Madame Brussels: Rosé by the glass

Madame Brussels is a place of whimsy, garden parties, free hugs and a ‘daggy menu’, where the outside is on the inside. Artificial turf, white latticework and retro patio furniture turn every visit into a picnic. By contrast, you’ll find the den of iniquity out the back, with chesterfield sofas and the darkest of spirits.
In the late 19th century, the “queen of harlotry” (Madame Brussels) ruled the bordello scene in Melbourne with great entrepreneurial skill. Miss Pearls runs this house, taking on the persona of “The Madame”. Her love for life is infectious and Miss Pearls works the floor most nights, elevating the vibe at this cheery, retro venue.
In winter, you can expect hot buttered rum, hot water bottles and blankets. In summer, you can choose from 10 different rosés by-the-glass and soak up the sunshine. Both climates match perfectly with a cheese plate.
Madame Brussels has been around for 15 years and shows no sign of slowing down. With new bars and restaurants opening regularly in the city, Madame Brussels holds true to their original concept. “The recipe is right,” says Miss Pearls.
Have you visited State of Grace, Ms Collins or Madame Brussels. Which bar has taken your fancy?