Ask any Melbournian about a wine bar worth visiting, and Punch Lane is sure to be mentioned a couple of times. Located above Little Bourke street, in the heart of the CBD, Punch Lane has become a Melbourne institution during its two decades of operation. However, this month, owner Martin Pirc decided to target a more youthful crowd by opening Juliet Melbourne, a brand new intimate wine bar, tucked directly beneath the legendary Punch Lane.... Read More | Share it now!
It’s been almost a year since the last time we first walked through the glossy brass doors of QT Melbourne, and up the sapphire blue stairs to Pascale Bar & Grill. While our last visit focused on the luxurious venue’s food offerings, this time we decided to sample their seasonally updated cocktail menu.... Read More | Share it now!
We at the AU are honoured to have Batch Brewing Co. on board as sponsors for our upcoming 9th Birthday Party in Sydney. Now a staple of the Marrickville scene, we caught up with Iain McKelvey to talk about the origins of the group, running a community minded brewery and producing damn good beer…... Read More | Share it now!
The iconic George building’s basement bar, The Long Room, recently underwent a huge $4million transformation to become The George on Collins. During its 12 years of operation, the bar was a hotspot for after work drinks for many of Melbourne’s young corporate hustlers. But owners Greg Kahan and Simon Jones decided it was due time for them to expand their customer base, and revamp the night-time venue into an all-day refined dining area.... Read More | Share it now!
Melbourne is a lively city renowned for its ever-changing laneways full of hidden cafes and bars. So it’s only natural for QT Melbourne, the city’s newest hotel to create their very own laneway getaway. Tucked into Portland Lane, just around the corner from the main entrance of the hotel lobby, Hot Sauce is a brand new laneway bar that combines stylish signature cocktails with the delicious flavours of Japanese and Korean street food.... Read More | Share it now!
Much has been said about the character of QT Sydney, that charming, eccentric hotel sitting side-to-side with the historic State Theatre. Just one brief ride in the elevator should be enough to tell you that this is a playful time capsule that exists in a lane entirely of its own, step out into the lobby and that uniqueness is only reiterated. Fashion and design are kept consistently funky, and this desire to be different of course spills over to the hotel’s two bars. Head past the lobby, up the stairs, and you’ll eventually reach Gowings Bar & Grill, QT’s primary restaurant and bar, but it doesn’t stop there – climb up another set of stairs and you’ll get to the second bar, Gilt Lounge. ... Read More | Share it now!
It wasn’t hard to guess that the team behind Lobo Plantation would give Sydney one of it’s very best openings of 2016 – and that’s saying a lot, it’s been a huge year for food and drink around town – but what is surprising is the loose theme surrounding this new venture, Kittyhawk. The bar takes its name from a U.S P-40D fighter jet that dates all the way back to the French Liberation, so here one would find subtle nodes to Paris circa 1944, from WWII memorabilia and vintage maps to framed wartime posters and a large portrait of jets swooping over the countryside – all barely visible save for the flicker of candles and glow of hanging lights. ... Read More | Share it now!
Darlo Country Club has been alive with a spirited L.A Hamptons theme for a little over half a year now, fitting out the former Victoria Room space with a bright, energetic bar and restaurant full of playful cocktails (like the Eton Fizz and Gentlemen’s Agreement) and indulgent bar food. It didn’t take long for them to switch things up though, dimming the lights and tapping the team behind Barrio Cellar and Fei Jai to help flesh out the menu and move towards a more sophisticated restaurant aesthetic while maintaining that youthful bar atmosphere.... Read More | Share it now!
Sitting on the corner of Fitzroy and Grey Street, Freddie Wimpoles is the latest renovation of The George Hotel in St Kilda. It’s been given a charming hunter-lodge meets classic American diner revamp, with it’s rustic dark timber, antler chandeliers and a feature wall of beer cans perfectly framing the glowing neon signs and brightly lit jukebox.... Read More | Share it now!