Clicks around Melbourne

 

Hello Lovelies,

I know I have been a little slack on the posting front lately, so I though I would post a few photos from the last month or so…..

 

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It was my birthday in August and I did get spoiled. I am a little obsessed with Kikki K Live Bright range at the moment! Champagne, cupcakes and great company! Can’t ask for much more!

 

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Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is fast becoming one of my favourite weeks of the year. I only wish I hadn’t been working so much so I could have seen a bit more of it. There was lots of fun free events happening around the city, as well as all the fancy fashion shows, which I didn’t make it to this year. Next year!!

I did try out the pop up bar in Swanston Street and got some free goodies from the market there. To be honest, the bar was ok. Cute and had the weather been nicer it would have been pleasant to sit there and watch a show. Drinks were expensive and I feel there are so many more amazing and fun bars to go to in the city.

I did take advantage of the free offerings that were going on at Melbourne Emporium. Lots of free food, drink and shopping discounts to be had. There was a little pop up bar which had some free food to try (although only 1 item per person) and I think some drinks in the evening. I tried one of  Adrian Zumbo’s salted caramel Macaroons. Yum!!  A pop up beauty bar and giant colouring board were just a few of the free activities on offer. I did enjoy playing “find the shops offering free Champagne” though.

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Above: Adrian Zumbo Salted Caramel Macarons, Carnival feel at Myer and Giant Colour in Board @ Emporium.

 

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Left to right: Inside Melbourne Central, Swanston Street & Collins Street and Three Below Bar ( Collins Street)

Spring is here!!! You can just feel the weather warming up (for a few days and then it goes cold again just to remind us that it can change it’s mind!!!) So I got a little snap happy. Sunny blue sky days, it’s no longer pitch black at 5 o’clock and it’s time to get out and explore some new drinking holes…..

I can’t even explain how excited I am about the approach of spring and summer. The city comes alive with activities, night markets and events. Plus warmer weather is much better for rooftop bars and beer gardens.

I hope you enjoyed this little post and are having an amazing day!!!

 

 

Xx.

 

 

 

 

A Weekend In Melbourne Part 2

Hello Lovelies 🙂

So now for the second part of my stay in Melbourne. After a nice sleep in and a bit of a house hunt, it was time for lunch at one of my favourite hole in the wall places.

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MissChu in Exhibition Street, which has delish (and cheap) Vietnamese food. The menu is like an old school tuck shop order form, where you tick the boxes next to your food choice. In the evenings it can get pretty busy, but is much quieter at lunch time on the weekend. I love the dumplings and pork buns. Service is pretty quick and you can get quite a feast for two without spending too much. A great place for a quick bite before heading to Her Majesty’s Theatre.

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The main reason we were here! To see Les Miserables. This version of the show did not disappoint! The lighting and staging effects were really fantastic! Simon Gleeson is amazing as Jean Valjean. His range vocally is truly breath taking. Hayden Tee (Javert) and Kerrie Ann Greenland (Eponine) were also standouts. The Innkeeper (Trevor Ashley) and his wife (Laura Mulcahy) were funny as always, though I still love Sasha Barron Cohen and Helen Bonhom Carter for these roles. It really is a very talented cast.

A few things I didn’t love was that the tempo for some of the songs was sped up slightly in this version and it felt rushed. I never really like Cosette in any Les Mis production, but that doesn’t mean Emily Langridge didn’t give a great performance. I just find her a bit bland and sappy. Marius (Euan Doidge) isn’t really a fav either, but Empty Chairs and Empty Tables is a powerful song. Oh and they need to shoot that annoying cockney child much earlier! Not a reflection of the Melbourne show, he is just a really annoying character in all versions of Les Mis. Seriously, it’s all I can do to not cheer when he does die (Hooray!).

Some highlights as far as staging and lighting go were the way the set moved and created different scenes e.g.: Village, City, docks. The opening scene is really fantastic and so is Valjean moving through the sewer with the unconscious Marius. The way that Javert’s final scene is done is probably the best I have seen in a stage show.  If you get the chance to see this, absolutely do. It really was fantastic.

Naturally after show drinks happened. First stop was The European. Which has a very classy pub like feel. We had the most amazing tapas. It seriously just kept coming. Starting with bread,dip, deli meats and olives, then hot tapas – Calamari, Arancini Balls, prawns, oysters, chicken and more that I can’t remember. Yum. Followed by a delish dessert plate with tiramisu, cheese, crackers, fruit and truffles. All very good and quite filling.

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Topping off the evening with cocktails at the wonderful 1806. One of my favourite cocktail bars in the city. The cocktail list works it’s way through the ages from the 1650’s to the present day. There is plenty to choose from for Scotch and Whiskey lovers or any other spirit you would like. A good beer and wine selection is available as well, but really it’s all about the cocktails!!

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The bar is small, though there are a few levels, creating a very cozy atmosphere. Leather couches arranged in intimate groups and a few tables as well. It has a very 1920’s/prohibition feel to the décor. There is a bar snacks menu available. 1806 also run various cocktail classes through the year too.

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It is table service only, but the service is fantastic. If you are having trouble choosing a cocktail or want to try something new but not sure what, make sure you ask your waiter/ess. The staff at 1806 really know their stuff and the waitress we had did a great job of choosing cocktails for us. If you are after a cheap drink, this is not the place for you(Cocktails start at $18). However if you are looking for a great place to kick off the night or a special occasion then I highly recommend 1806. Great service, great drinks and fantastic atmosphere. A great way to end the night.

 

That’s all from me, I hope you enjoyed this post! have an amazing day!

 

Xx.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Weekend in Melbourne :) Day 1

Image from top100experiences.com

Image from top100experiences.com

 

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:

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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.

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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.

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Then it was off to have a drink at a bar with some of the best city views.

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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?

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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.

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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!!

Xx.