Treat yourself to morning-meets-afternoon delights and a naughty drink or two at some of Melbourne’s best boozy brunches and lunches. Then check out a bottomless oyster soiree or afternoon G & Tea party!
Start your day (slowly) with bottomless brunch
Start savoury and end sweet (or the other way around) with breaky shakshouka, bacon ‘n’ egg dumplings and French toast bao at Drumplings. Bottomless drink options include mimosas, Bloody Marys, Hills apple cider and Drumplings Draught. This two-hour weekend yum cha gone wild is available from 11am to 2pm for $59.
Left Bank Melbourne
On the last Sunday of each month, Left Bank Melbourne hosts what could be Melbourne’s longest most luxurious bottomless brunch. For four hours from 11am, diners can fill their plates with fresh oysters and prawns, cheese, charcuterie and antipasto, food from the chef’s chopping block and dessert. Plus there’s a la carte breakfast dishes made to order. The price depends on your choice of three drink options. Will you be good and get the $69 package with a breakfast cocktail on arrival? Or will you live it up with free-flowing French sparkling, beer, Bloody Marys, mimosas and Bellinis for $99?
Henry and the Fox
Big, bright and airy, Henry and the Fox is great for kicking back after you finally emerge on the weekend. Get together with a few friends for the bottomless mimosas and Prosecco spritz, served with a shared breakfast board or grazing plate. It’s $49 per person for two glorious hours on Saturdays and Sundays, from 11.30am to 4.20pm.
Inspired by Paris steakhouse Le Relais de l’Entrecôte, this restaurant makes it easy to imagine you’re on an indulgent holiday in France. Entrecote – Paris Steakhouse & Winebar’s bottomless brunch is available every day of the week (yes, even Monday!) for $79.90 per person. That gets you 90 minutes of classy drinks like Le Verre d’Attoque (marmalade, citrus vodka and soda), plus croissants, croque monsieur and more. Ooh la la!
Start your day (or afternoon) with a little Mexican spice at Bodega Underground. Their $55 weekend bottomless brunch includes five muy buenos platos like prawn ceviche. Everything is gluten-free, and vegan options are available too. The drinks include Bloody Marias, palomas, Mexi-mimosas and Micheladas, and your 90 minutes starts at 11.30am, 1.30pm or 3.30pm. Salud!
Not a morning person? Go for a bottomless lunch
Hightini at Garden State
A deliciously decadent fusion of high tea and bottomless brunch. While the drinks scream ‘martini’, the food is more ‘high tea’. Think free-flowing espresso martinis, bellinis and elderflower spritzes coupled with smoked salmon blinis and mini gruyere loaded croissants. Hightini is just $65 per person every Saturday from 12 – 2pm at Garden State Hotel.
Fatto Bar & Cantina
Fatto Bar & Cantina keeps winter nice with August’s $80 bottomless-wine lunches. Your three courses could include prosciutto di parma and gnocco fritto, and slow-cooked beef short rib with celery and horseradish. Endless vino options include Pizzini prosecco, Camelback chardonnay and Shady Lane shiraz. It’s only available for groups of four or more, so get your amici together for a Sunday session from 12-2pm or 2.30-4.30pm.
Merrywell Bar and Dining
Merrywell Bar and Dining in Crown Melbourne offers a two-hour $60 bottomless lunch from 12-3pm on weekends. Pick up where you left off the night before with free-flowing Domaine Chandon NV sparkling, Pikorua sauvignon blanc, Four in Hand shiraz and Bellinis. The hard part is choosing just two dishes. Maybe Caesar salad and Japanese fried chicken … but what about the mandarin pavlova?
Even if you start the day late you can still start it right with Asian street food, like pork and fennel siu mai. Why not steamed scallop wontons too, and dumplings stuffed with Chinese broccoli, cabbage and green onion. That’s just a taste of the yummy bites served during Gingerboy’s bottomless lunch, which also includes bubbles, mimosas, Bia Hanoi, finger lime rickeys and mocktails. Two hours every Sunday afternoon for $70.
The only thing better than pizza is more pizza. Add cocktails like mandarin mimosas and frozen bellinis to the mix and you’ve got an afternoon of bottomless foodie fun at Trinket Bar. Running Saturday and Sunday from 12.30 to 2.30pm, lay down a cool $49 and treat yourself to an endless supply of zesty drinks and delicious slices from Trinket’s 13 signature pizza dishes. Then hang around until later to explore their Narnia-style hidden door.
But wait, there’s more!
Bottomless G&Tea Party at State of Grace
Move over afternoon tea, it’s time for a Bottomless G&Tea Party! Pretty teacups are filled with your choice of five gins, including a marmalade infusion, and mixers like quality tonic water, sparkling grapefruit or gingerbeer. There are lots of tea-time treats too, such as French onion soup toasties and sweeties with a little gin twist. Party on for two hours on Saturday afternoons for just $55.
Botanical Hotel’s Oyster Frenzy
Enjoy a glass of bubbles on arrival, then roll up your sleeves and get stuck into all the oysters you can eat. That’s right, endless Australian oysters for two hours on Tuesday 20 August. Book early for this $110 Oyster Frenzy, which also includes Stone & Wood Pacific ale, premium wines and canapes.
Please drink responsibly.