Places to visit for pre and post-theatre treats

Melburnians are a spoiled bunch. From small comedy shows to big musicals there’s an abundance of theatre in Melbourne.

A night at the theatre typically involves more than just a night at the theatre. Here are some restaurants and bars which offer great pre-show specials and rapid service.

Saké Restaurant

Situated alongside the Yarra River, Saké Restaurant & Bar is a great choice for a bite before a show at Arts Centre Melbourne. Enjoy riverfront dining and lip-smacking modern Japanese cuisine in the one mouthful. Check out their six-course pre-theatre menu for $65 per person.

A restaurant table with plates of bread and cured meat, a bowl of peanuts, and two glasses of wine. A ladies hand is holding one of the glasses.

Fatto Bar & Cantina

Fatto Bar & Cantina

In the mood for Italian? Head to Fatto Bar & Cantina, located on the river terrace at Hamer Hall. Full to the brim of pasta and other classic dishes, you’ll be ready for a dazzling concert by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. All pre-theatre diners are offered a set menu of two courses for $45 or three courses for $55 per person.

Bear Brass

If you’re off to see an MTC show or heading to the Melbourne Recital Centre, stop in at Bear Brass. A great option if you’re keen to share and graze through a pre-show meal. Bear Brass offers a contemporary menu featuring tapas, cheese and charcuterie boards.

Seamstress

Around the corner from Her Majesty’s Theatre you will find Melbourne’s very own-diamond-in-the-rough, Seamstress.

The European

Located next door to the Princess Theatre, The European is another convenient choice for a pre-Princess Theatre meal. This Melbourne icon delivers authentic European flavours. Finish your meal with a glass of Sicilian moscato or a gelato from the Spring Street Grocer.