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It’s Spring Racing time and that calls for a little Champagne. Celebrate with Mumm, the Official Champagne of Melbourne Cup Carnival – at these stylish Melbourne bars and restaurants.
Le Bon Ton, Collingwood
The vibe: Down-home Southern BBQ meets Collingwood cool.
Perfect for: A devil-may-care night of revelry.
If hip bearded bartenders and slow, smoky meats are your thing, you’ll find yourself at home in this New Orleans-inspired saloon. Don’t go past the Champagne Charlie, a cheeky concoction of Plymouth Sloe gin, apricot brandy, fresh grapefruit, plum bitters, and a generous splash of Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne.
51 Gipps Street, Collingwood
France Soir, South Yarra
The vibe: Authentic French brasserie – eternally busy but always elegant.
Perfect for: Oysters, Champagne, and sparkling conversation.
France Soir may well be one of Melbourne’s most reliable restaurants. It will always be bursting with happy diners, the food will always be brilliant, and you will always spend far too long poring over the wonderfully extensive wine list. During spring racing save yourself the trouble and go straight for Champagne.
11 Toorak Road, South Yarra
State of Grace, Melbourne
The vibe: Spacious and sophisticated, with a few hidden delights…
Perfect for: Date night or an intimate evening with the crew.
The superb Euro-influenced cuisine and luxe atmosphere of State of Grace alone are worth the visit, but it’s the hush-hush basement bar that draws a crowd. Fall from Grace may be one of Melbourne’s worst-kept secrets, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. Pull the right book on the bookshelf to reveal a hidden staircase and an intimate, soft-lit bar full of cosy armchairs.
477 Collins Street, Melbourne
Naked for Satan, Fitzroy
The vibe: A singular pairing of Russian vodka and Basque finger food, served with a healthy sense of mischief.
Perfect for: Those who aren’t afraid to eat with their hands.
This Fitzroy bar’s curious name comes from Russian immigrant Leon ‘Satan’ Satanovich, who plied Melbournites with bootlegged vodka during the Great Depression. Legend has it that the heat from the boiling process was so harsh that Leon was often forced to do the work stripped down to his birthday suit. Luckily for us, today it’s much easier to enjoy a drink in Fitzroy – let the friendly bartenders at Naked for Satan (or its rooftop bar Naked in the Sky) do the hard work for you.
285 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Terra Rossa, Melbourne
The vibe: Classy and timeless, like Sophia Loren.
Perfect for: The definitive Melbourne laneway dining experience.
Toast to your winnings at Terra Rossa, a sophisticated inner-city eatery, with a few flutes of Mumm and some of mamma’s finest antipasti.
87 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Spice Market, Melbourne
The vibe: Stylish and full of charm.
Perfect for: Cocktails with a twist.
Relish the opulent Middle Eastern and Far Eastern experience of this exotic bar and cocktail lounge, Spice Market; an energised and undeniably dazzling venue. The lavish Spice Market takes its inspiration from the ancient Spice Route travelled by traders of old, and has been exquisitely furnished to reflect this famous journey from Asia Minor through to the Far East.
Beaney Lane off Russell Street, Melbourne
Club 23, Southbank
The vibe: Late-night hangout with breathtaking views.
Perfect for: Breaking out some moves on the dance floor!
Nestled into the 3rd level of Crown Towers, Club 23 is established as a boutique nightlife venue for those ‘in the know’. With an array of private spaces, a fully furnished balcony area and home to a unique vista of the Melbourne city…
Level 3, Crown Towers, Southbank
The Atrium at Crown, Southbank
The vibe: a little bit Great Gatsby – art deco opulence set to a thoroughly modern beat
Perfect for: starting any evening with a drop of luxury
Located in the Crown Casino complex, the Atrium brings vintage glamour to Melbourne’s South Bank. Think all-gold-everything with a strong focus on champagne, but be surprised by the chilled vibe. All the same, we recommend dressing to impress and nabbing a seat at the gloriously gilded bar.
8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
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