|Last Updated: 21 May, 2013
| "Melbourne is blessed with hundreds
of fantastic bars, restaurants, lounges, cafes, clubs,
rooms. Many are up alleyways and stairs, down basements
and laneways. Some are just doorways."
|The Supper Club
First Floor, 161 Spring Street,
City. Ph. 03 9654 6300
"Wooden floors, ornate furniture arranged in conversation
nooks, high ceilings, a long, open, elegant room, a giant
window overlooking the beautiful State Parliament building,
lots of groovy people. Not always easy to get a seat but
it's almost worth queuing for."
|Elou's Stray Cat
19 Mc Killop Street, City. Ph.
03 9670 0890
"This space is too good and too close to the Maju 'Loft'
to ignore ( directly across the road. ) Mario your amazingly
talented host calls this a 'cultured house', where 'patrons
are embraced as guests'. With his own hands he has transformed
this city warehouse into a Caffee / Restaurant by day,
Bar / Lounge by night. The décor feels right. Occasional
music in the basement, upstairs is being converted into
a gallery, and on the fourth floor Mario has one of the
most 'out there' urban apartments I have seen."
|Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.
"This inner city neighbourhood was
our favourite when we lived in Melbourne. More than bordering
on bohemia, this area has a diverse mix of people, shops,
cafes, bars, street life. Makes you feel young again."
West of Melbourne. ( one hour
"This is a lovely Sunday. Rolling hills, Devonshire
teas, craft galleries, gardens, antiques etc."
|The Gin Palace
190 Little Collins St, City. Ph.
03 9654 0533
"What happens when you cross an 1870's bar in Budapest,
with a bar that has been redesigned in New York in the
1950's and then rebuilt in Melbourne in the 1990's? You
get a slinky, sophisticated, intimate bar that oozes class
from every lush drape and every comfy couch. "
Acland St / Fitzroy St / The waterfront.
"St Kilda has changed a lot in recent years. Gentrification
has happened, and a lot of the sleaze has been pushed
out, ( though not all). There are plenty of neat places
to eat and drink, and its by the water so the air feels
|Chapel St / Toorak Road, South Yarra.
"There's more money and more fashion
round this part of town. You'll always find something
to buy. Push on up to Greville Street, Prahran, and that's
groovy as well."
|Yarra Valley wineries
Northwest of Melbourne ( 90 minutes
"Melbourne is lucky to have not one, but two exceptional
wine regions right on it's doorstep. The Mornington Peninsula,
a worthwhile days outing, and the Yarra Valley. There
are countless well known wineries, most offering tastings,
many doing food in gorgeous settings, and they all make
Wine Bar and Restaurant
23 Bank Place, City. Ph. 03 9670
"Most of Melbourne's best spots are hard to find. Exit
the Maju Loft and proceed up the Mc Killop St laneway
across the road, turn right into Little Collins, continue
over Queen and Bank Place is on your left. Five minutes
walk. Syracuse is high ceiling-ed old world Victorian
splendor meets the new millennium meets relaxed European
cafe. We like a glass of wine occasionally and this place
has a very, very good list that consistently wins awards,
tasty tapas, excellent ambience."
Sargood House, 67 Flinders Lane,
"Wonderful sculpture from Zimbabwe. The Gallery was
opened in 1998 by Bob Hawke, and is a lovely space to
wander about and admire objects of beauty."
|Langton's Restaurant and Wine Bar
69 Flinders Lane, City. Ph. 03
"There are so many great restaurants in Melbourne.
If they don't cut it, they don't last. We keep going back
here, both restaurant and wine bar, because we can't fault
it. Osso Bucco, red wine, ..mmm…."
37 Hardware Lane, City. Ph. 03
"Before (or after) all those bars and cafes, this is
the place to get healthy. Walk out the door of the Maju
'Loft', and twenty metres up Hardware Lane. I usually
go with a mango smoothie, but there are all manner of
juices and veges and soups and combo's. If your not sure
what to have, the helpful and chirpy staff will suggest
something that always tastes good."