Help me Doctor!: Where can I find the best cocktails in the city in a laidback, relaxed setting? – Su
Your prescription: When I first to moved to Melbourne to start my first real job, I was given an induction pack. Along with the OHS policy and superannuation forms, an unofficial yet highly essential document was circulated – a bar guide to the Melbourne CBD.
So here’s a very truncated list of some of my old favourites and new places, all chilled out bars that serve superb cocktails:
Manchuria – it’s so dark inside it could be midnight all the time. The Asian-themed bar where I first fell in love with Luigi Bormioli glassesware (what? Round on the bottom, oval on top?). 7 Waratah Pl +61 3 9663 1997
Rooftop Bar – you can’t get any more chilled out lounging on a deck chair on a balmy summer’s night (I’ve been known to fall asleep in one of them). Level 7, 252 Swanston St +61 3 9654 5394
Canary Club– beautiful Spanish tilework outside and a sophisticated double-level bar inside. More intimate than the buzzing Hairy Canary, especially in the upstairs couches. 6 Melbourne Pl +61 3 9663 1983
The Toff in Town– it doesn’t get much cosier than the Toff, where you can hide away from the world behind the screens of your private first-class train carriage. 2/252 Swanston St, Melbourne +61 3 9639 8770
Transit cocktail lounge– I love this bar enough to feature it in my upcoming wedding. Avoid the beer-sodden crowds at Transport and head upstairs for cosy whisky-bar leather couches, sweeping sunset views of the Yarra from the terrace and delicious cocktails. Federation Square +61 3 9654 8808