Places to visit for pre and post-theatre treats

Melburnians are a spoiled bunch. From small comedy shows like The Big Hoo-Haa to big musicals like The Body Guard, 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.


Around the corner from Her Majesty’s Theatre you will find Melbourne’s very own-diamond-in-the-rough. Seamstress is perfect for a visit before seeing Disney’s Aladdin – The Musical.  The ‘red lantern’ cocktail may not be as good as having your very own Genie, but it’s a somewhat close second.

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Discover a whole new world in Disney’s Aladdin

Nant 1821

Nant 1821 is bustling before a show at the Princess Theatre. It’s a popular spot for regular theatre-goers and passers-by alike. Their food menu is designed for sharing, with some rugged dishes fit for the warmth of this whisky den. Drop in for a devilish pre-Book of Mormon nip or return for a relaxing night cap.

The European

Located next door to the Princess Theatre, The European is another convenient choice for a pre-Mormon 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.

Two men with suitcases looking at a person dressed up in an outrageous costume

Phyre Hawkin, Ryan-Bondy and A.J. Holmes in The Book of Mormon. Credit: Jeff Busby