Hello Lovelies 🙂
Sorry I have been a bit MIA this week, but I had the chance to have a mini break with my lovely husband and no chance to blog! Upside, I get to tell you about one of my favourite cities, Melbourne!!
So Day 1:
Started as all good days should with brunch!! My most favourite meal of the day (aside from dessert). We stopped at Alfa Bakehouse in Yarraville. I have been here before and the food is wonderful. I was almost wishing it wasn’t breakfast, due to all the yummy pastries, doughnuts and cakes in their displays. It can get quite busy, but since it was Friday morning, it was fine. You order your food at the counter and then the waiters bring it to the table. All the staff were pleasant.
I order Eggs Benedict and a glass of sparkling (hey I’m on holidays!). My glass was pretty much to the brim, which was nice and generous.
The eggs were nicely poached and I don’t know about you but I hate it when you only get a dribble of hollandaise sauce. No problem like that here!
Next stop was a few drinks at the James Squire Hotel Pub at Docklands. It was very quite (again Friday afternoon), but you could tell that it would have a decent pub atmosphere. It was too cold to sit outside, but I bet in summer it would be a great place for a drink by the water. As it’s winter it was very pleasant to sit at the couches by the fireplace. We had the Stow Away IPA and the Four Wives Pilsner.
Then it was off to have a drink at a bar with some of the best city views.
The Lui Bar is part of Shannon Bennett’s Vue Du Monde restaurants. It is a cocktail bar set on the 55th floor of Melbourne’s Rialto Building in Collins Street. It has fantastic views of the city looking over docklands,out towards the bay and down the coast. This is not the place for a cheap drink, even by Melbourne standards. Small collections of couches and arm chairs scattered around makes this a good venue for intimate drinks or the starting place for a special night out (because honestly, who can afford to drink here all night?).
There is a small snack menu. I have hand the ham and cheese toasties which are delish!They come out as little round cake pop like things. Doughy (in the best way), cheesy, yummy goodness. The service, well the first time I went it was fantastic. This time round it was a little average. Not terrible, but for somewhere that isn’t cheap (or busy when we went) I was expecting much more.
Now I would like to share with you a little secret…..
Some of you other Melbournites might know this one, but it was a new discovery for me. I think it sums up what makes Melbourne the fantastic city that is and what sets our bars/nightlife apart.
Not far from the Rialto, in Collins Street is the bar State of Grace. Which is a nice little place with a restaurant attached. Lovely atmosphere. Not the secret though. The secret is that State of Grace has a hidden luxe cellar bar. Where you can find fantastic cocktails and a great vibe. Did I mention that to get to this hidden cocktail bar gem you have to pull a book on a shelf and then you enter through a bookcase? Did I mention that?
Fall From Grace is open Wednesday- Friday from 4pm, Saturday from 5pm. I would recommend getting there early if you want to snag a seat. It gets pretty pumping on a Friday night. I really liked the vibe here. There cocktails were great prices start at about $18 ( I had a Mr Darcy). There is a good selection of beers on tap and by the bottle, both local and international. Nice wine list with more than 2 choices for sparkling by the glass, which is excellent. I really loved this bar and it is definitely on my favourite Melbourne Bar list.
Last stop was the HopHaus Bier Bar in Southbank. As you can probably guess, this is a German bar with lots of German and European beers on tap. It is a reinvention of the Bavarian beer halls in Munich. I have to say that it was pretty busy when we went, though we managed to get a table ok and didn’t have to wait long for anything. It doesn’t have the same feel as the beer halls, though I think it would be great place to have lunch, late afternoon drinks. On Friday Night they have a DJ playing so it is a little bit more clubby. The service was really good.
Good food and beer and not a bad place to end the night. I haven’t been to Hofbrauhaus in Melbourne yet, so it will be interesting to see how the two compare. I would say this is a great place to go with a group, but book ahead if you are going on a Friday or Saturday night. I will do a more detailed review soon (mostly so I have an excuse to go back!) HopHaus is open 7 days 11am-late.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post. I’ll be back with more city bar hopping!!