Designed to evoke New York’s louche French-style bistros where a good burger is a cure-all, Bar Margaux has mastered the form. The double-decker MGX burger – with American cheese and bordelaise sauce – proves the perfect booze-sopper for cocktails crafted by the royalty behind bars Heartbreaker and The Everleigh. Order an on-trend mini Martini but food-wise there’s no messing with the classics, from onion soup to moules marinière. Set your alarm for post-midnight dining to uncover a supper menu that features lobster croque monsieur oozing comté. The witching hour rarely tasted so wickedly good.

Basement, 111 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne; (03) 9650 0088; open seven days for dinner.

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