Every once in a while, a latte-centric early breakfast just won’t cut it. Treat yourself to morning-meets-afternoon delights and a drink or two at some of Melbourne’s best boozy brunches.
Start your day (slowly) with bottomless brunch
Entrecote – Paris Steakhouse & Winebar
Inspired by Paris steakhouse Le Relais de l’Entrecôte, this restaurant makes it easy to imagine you’re taking an indulgent holiday in France. Entrecote – Paris Steakhouse & Winebar‘s bottomless brunch is available every day of the week (yes, even Monday!) for $89.90 per person. That gets you 90 minutes of classy drinks like Le Verre d’Attoque (marmalade, citrus vodka and soda), plus croissants, croque monsieur etc. Ooh la la!
Left Bank Melbourne
On the last Sunday of each month, Left Bank Melbourne turns on what could be Melbourne’s longest, most luxurious bottomless brunch. For four hours from 11am, four food stations await: fresh oysters and prawns, cheese, antipasto and charcuterie, a 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 drinks options. Will you be good and get the $69 package with a breakfast cocktail on arrival? Or live it up with free-flowing French sparkling or 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 with a shared breakfast board or grazing plate. It’s $49 per person for two glorious hours from 11.30am on Saturdays and Sundays.
Not a morning person? Bottomless brunches from 12pm
Start your day eventually 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 there are vegan options too. Drinks include Bloody Marias, palomas, mexi-mimosas and micheladas, and your 90 minutes starts at midday, 1.45pm or 3.30pm. Salud!
Fancy Hank’s rooftop bar Good Heavens is a dandy spot to eat, drink and be merry. Especially on the first Sunday of the month, when their bottomless barbecue brunch will test anyone’s claim to being a meat lover. You get a hefty tray of it, including smoked brisket and chicken wings, plus sides like Southern-style biscuits with gravy. Your 60 bucks also delivers green tea mimosas, Fixation beer and DJs, at 12-2pm or 2-4pm.
Even if you start the day late you can still start it right with Asian street food like crispy pork belly buns. Why not steamed scallop wontons too, and dumplings stuffed with Chinese broccoli, cabbage and green onion? That’s a taste of the Asian street food served during Gingerboy’s bottomless brunch, which also includes bubbles and mimosas (flavours rotate weekly). Two hours every Sunday afternoon for $70.
Merrywell Bar and Dining
Crown’s Merrywell Bar and Dining offer a two-hour $60 bottomless lunch on weekends. Let’s just call it brunch though, since you’ve probably had a late Friday or Saturday night. Pick up where you left off with prosecco, Pimm’s, mimosas and bellinis, plus two dishes like Huon smoked salmon and Caesar salad.
More places for a morning pick-me-up
There are other venues that don’t do bottomless brunches but are all over food and drinks for late mornings and early afternoons. So you can improvise nicely with shakshouka and a spicy tomato juice with Wyborowa vodka at Cumulus Inc, say. Or Magic Mountain Saloon’s chicken, corn and mushroom omelette with a Bucks Fizz (OJ, Grand Marnier and pomegranate topped with champagne). Or try Higher Ground’s ricotta hotcakes with maple, seeds, grains, cream, seasonal fruit, flowers and a spiked iced coffee. You’re welcome.
Please drink responsibly.