Here’s some snack size news to get you through the afternoon, Melbourne.
Out of the Woods
We heard some time ago that changes were afoot at the Woods of Windsor – the whisky and taxidermy focused venue on Chapel Street. When they first opened, chef Nick Stanton was straddling the fine dining-bar snack divide like a champion. When he left, owners Clint Hyndman and Dean Bowden made things a little more casual. And now, they’ve sold the business entirely, to focus on doling out the $5 beers and good times at their other venue, Yellow Bird, just down the road.
The Lincoln is becoming the Lingcon (sort of)
Iain Ling, long time Movida Group veteran, is taking over Carlton’s Hotel Lincoln. He’s bringing chef Lachlan Cameron with him to bash the pans and give some pub classics a doing over. Emma Ramos (Le Bon Ton’s tiny and mighty floor boss) will be steering the bar, and gun sommelier Lachie Barber will be working out their wine list.… Read more
It’s 10am and there’s way more techno pumping and more Champagne doing the rounds than we’re used to on a Wednesday. But Heston Blumenthal doesn’t make announcements quietly.
Six months ago, the mad scientist chef-slash-genius behind the Fat Duck in Bray dropped the bomb that he was moving the entire operation (staff and all) to Melbourne for a six month pop-up at Crown Casino before turning it into an outpost for one of his other hatted restaurants, Dinner.
Australia understandably lost its collective mind, and since the announcement, tens of thousands of people have registered interest in dining the Fat Duck. The problem? If you’re a maths fan, you’ll realise that with 45 seats and only a limited number of services in six months, you’ve got sod all chance of getting a seat.
Time Out suggested a cage match system for walk-ins whereby you could fight for a table while booked tables watch.… Read more
So long A Bar Called Barry, we’ll miss your supernaturally themed shindigs. But hello Forester’s Beer and Music Hall, housed in the historical venue along Smith Street in Collingwood. Once a theatre then converted into a bar and nightclub, now renovated and rebranded into a live music venue. Forester’s has pizzas, free gigs every Friday and Saturday night, 50 taps and a crew that know how to use them, serving up the full beery rainbow of lagers, sours porters and IPAs – right up until 4am. It is Melbourne’s answer to Sydney’s much-loved beery gig bar Frankie’s Pizza.
We’ve long-lamented the fact that great music and good drinks are often mutually exclusive concepts in Melbourne, but now the team from Clifton Hill’s Terminus (Time Out’s Pub of the Year) and Melbourne’s original all-craft beer venue the Royston are bringing a live music venue with delicious local and international craft beers to Smith Street.… Read more
So it turns out the good folks at the National Trust like to party. Following on from a few shindigs they threw at the Old Melbourne Gaol last year they’re holding three pop-ups in the coming months.
The first two are back at the gaol – in September it’s a night revolving around vodka cocktails, live music and running around defunct prison. In October, its the same deal, only this time, the bar will be slinging gin. Which seems appropriate.
And who wants to drink rum on the Polly Woodside (without breaking and entering – which we’ve all considered)?
Tickets get you two drinks on entry and access-all-areas rights to the historical venue of your choice. There’s also a cash bar, and beer and wine for anyone not into hard liquor. And food, for anyone not into getting loose – and then possibly lost in prison.