Stuck in a foodie rut? Shake things up and check out the latest openings in the city.
Peaches and Cream
With four happy hours a day and fried-chicken until 3am, Cream and its sister rooftop Peaches are the prettiest new spots you’ll be peachy keen to humble brag you found first. The 60’s pastel booths match the cocktails (try the Let’s Get Physical – vermouth, peach tea and soda), the moss green stools match the picklebacks and the snacks match your late night appetite.
What do Little Lonsdale’s notorious past and 20th century Midwest gangster Pretty Boy Floyd have in common? Floyd’s Bar. Nab a cozy corner of Floyd’s Italian spritz and salumi bar and peruse the impressive Negroni list. Peckish? Pair your poison with a selection of cured meats, Italian cheeses and Terrine. Bellissimo.
This little Red Piggy found the hidden elevator entrance to this French Indochina inspired rooftop eatery and bar. Nibble on the rice paper prawn cups and refresh with a Tom Yam Siam in hand (coconut rum, lychee, lemongrass, kaffir lime, chilli). Then order dumplings for the village from the vibrant South East Asian menu.
Urban Alley Brewery
Love a crafty cold one? With only windows between the 25 hectolitre brewhouse and pub, the beers don’t get any more Melbourne made than at Urban Alley Brewery. Enjoy a bite and a pint from the 20 on tap, as the scent of hops wafts by. This is a brew you can feel good about – Urban Alley is committed to sustainability from produce to pour.
If you missed out while they were at HWKR last year – fear not. Pinchy’s has set up shop at Emporium to serve you the flavours of Maine right here in Melbourne. You already know the lobster rolls are going to be top tier, so go big and pair them with truffle fries, crab croquettes or a glass of French sparkling.
Make Namoo your new local Japanese. Serving home style lunches and organic coffee by day, at night it moonlights as a restaurant and bar. Sip sake mojitos and Kirin beers on tap and order from the fresh sashimi, charcoal grill or nabe (hotpot) menu.
A basement bar serving banoffee pie cocktails? It might sound like a dream, but it’s real, it’s spectacular, and it’s called Bar Clara. Hidden underneath Chinatown, this brand new watering hole has an expertly curated drinks list that pairs perfectly with the refined but delicious share plate menu. Get a cheese platter to nibble at or pick your poisson with smoked mackerel and bonito cured cucumber.
Little Lon Distilling Co
Housed in a red brick cottage from 1877, Little Lon Distilling Co sits at the top end of Little Lonsdale Street. This infamous spot is a regular on local history tours, but head down on Friday nights and you can find some of the best small batch gin going around. Book in for a gin masterclass to learn more about the names behind the drinks, including characters like Little Miss Yoko and local larrikin Ginger Mick. Room for 20 patrons only, so get in early!
Garçon Parisian Steakhouse
Garçon Parisian Steakhouse takes its cues from Paris in the 1980s. Strike a pose (shoulder pads optional) as style icons like Grace Jones peer from the walls of this funky little bistro. Classics are on the menu – steak frites with grass fed Tasmanian Cape Grim beef, salade niçoise, tarte citron and crème brûlée. Start with Kir Royale (kirsch and champagne) or really get the party started with a Sazerac (absinthe, whiskey and cognac).