Now Open: Bad Decisions, But Good Times at Fitzroy’s New Neighbourhood Bar

Written for Broadsheet Following the glow of a neon-lit “Bad Decisions” sign into Fitzroy’s newest neighbourhood bar feels a little irresponsible – but it isn’t. Despite the name, a large portion of the drinks list is booze-free, and walking into the cosy space feels like the right choice. It’s welcoming and lived-in, like it’s been… Continue reading Now Open: Bad Decisions, But Good Times at Fitzroy’s New Neighbourhood Bar

A Flaming Moe’s-Themed Pop-Up Bar Is Coming

Written for Broadsheet Bills to pay, a dead-end job and problems with your wife? Don't throw in the towel, 'cause there's a place right down the block; it's a Flaming Moe’s-inspired pop-up bar, and it's coming to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in 2019. Bartenders will serve the Flaming Moe (or Flaming Homer, to true fans);… Continue reading A Flaming Moe’s-Themed Pop-Up Bar Is Coming

Now Open: Trinket Bar

Written for Broadsheet Melbourne At three years old I was gifted a trinket box by an aunt. There were painted floral patterns on the outside of the wooden chest, a tiny ballerina danced on the inside. Beethoven’s Für Elise played slowly, then in real time after I’d turn the dial. At first, it held jewellery given to… Continue reading Now Open: Trinket Bar

One of Melbourne’s Most Innovative Bar Owners Launches a Gallery-Bar Hybrid

Written for Broadsheet He’s the man behind acclaimed Bar Americano and world-class but now-closed Der Raum, Bar Economico and Bar Exuberante. And he believes the commercial art gallery model is broken. Matt Bax has created standout hospitality concepts and experiences, but he’s also a self-taught artist – his father was an artist and art teacher… Continue reading One of Melbourne’s Most Innovative Bar Owners Launches a Gallery-Bar Hybrid

Now Open: Polished Italian Dining Arrives in Windsor

Written for Broadsheet Melbourne As Andrea Da Como’s (D.O.C., Baby, Builders Arms Hotel) fiancée shopped in Milan, Italy’s fashion capital, he made use of the time by exploring the city’s restaurant scene. It was when Da Como stepped into Dry – a polished pizza and cocktail bar – he came up with the idea for Tipico, the new modern… Continue reading Now Open: Polished Italian Dining Arrives in Windsor

A Tiny Cocktail Hideout, Behind a Prahran Cafe

Written for Broadsheet I get a familiar feeling when ordering a cocktail at a bar devoted to them. Scanning a lengthy drinks list, indecision sets in, and I freeze as the bartender waits for my choice. Promise Bar solves that issue. “[We didn’t want] a confusing cocktail menu,” owner Vaughan Marks says. “A lot of… Continue reading A Tiny Cocktail Hideout, Behind a Prahran Cafe

An Ex-Barber Shop Filled With Curios Is St Kilda’s Newest Cocktail Bar

Written for Broadsheet St Kilda’s new cocktail bar, the Store Room, was originally one of barber Chris Dunkley’s Men + Co barber shops. After opening two years ago, a back of house area filled with mops and brooms soon became the after-work drinks area for Dunkley and his staff. As more and more barber shops… Continue reading An Ex-Barber Shop Filled With Curios Is St Kilda’s Newest Cocktail Bar

Arbory Afloat Opens Tomorrow

Written for Broadsheet Melbourne The only thing better than a sun-drenched summer drinks session by the water is one where you’re actually on the water. For those who can’t hop on a yacht this summer, there’s Arbory Afloat – the Yarra’s resident pop-up pontoon bar, which opens Saturday. Designer Lucienne Hemingway has created a deck space inspired by a… Continue reading Arbory Afloat Opens Tomorrow