We’ve waited a long time to get back out into our favourite Melbourne restaurants. We’ve missed those iconic dining and drinking vibes. Here are some to get reacquainted with.
Everyone has their favourite dining spot along Spring Street. But it’s hard to beat the stylish City Wine Shop. Being both a retail wine shop and bar, you can choose a bottle from the wall of wine to have with your meal or to enjoy at home. The menu is simple and European-inspired and always on point. Bookings are available from 11.45am to 9.45pm for up to 6 guests. Each booking is for 90 minutes and there is seating both inside and out. Credit card details are required to secure your booking. Cancellation policies apply.
Chin Chin is back - and now it takes bookings! No more queuing up Flinders Lane! (Even though it is a quintessential Melbourne experience.) Now you can guarantee a table and some vibrant Thai-inspired cuisine. Mmm, chilli crab... You can book for one or two hours for lunch, and 90 minutes for dinner. Bookings require a minimum spend pre-payment.
Melbourne loves Scott Pickett. And Matilda, his South Yarra restaurant, is now open for bookings. At Matilda, it’s all about open flames and incredible local produce. There's great food, strong design and a feeling of comfort and warmth. You can make reservations for up to 10 guests. There are the options of two courses ($75), three courses ($95) or four courses ($120). Reservations are available for both outdoor and indoor seating.
Johnny’s Green Room is a rooftop bar above delicious King & Godfree. It's ideal for after-dinner drinks or afternoon snacks. It offers views from the Carlton end of Lygon Street, all the way to the city. Currently, it's operating as a rooftop restaurant for seated dining bookings only. You can book online for up to 10 guests, and sittings are for 90 minutes.
Here in Melbourne, we love a rooftop bar. We also love a bit of karaoke. And some barbecue. Heroes is a multilevel Southeast Asian barbecue bar with karaoke and rooftop views. Tick, tick, tick. The venue splits across four levels. There are karaoke rooms, private dining rooms, a barbecue bar and a rooftop bar. It’s currently open Friday and Saturday 4pm to 1am, and you can book online for up to 25 people on the rooftop.
The Prince Alfred is one of those great, bustling, Melbourne student-y pubs. No surprise then, that it's located just metres from The University of Melbourne. It’s back open for business, serving up great drinks and classic pub meals, like a good old parma. There’s also summery cocktails to be had on the rooftop. You can book online or by phone.
Rooftop Bar is back with its burgers, its cocktails and its iconic city surrounds. Make like the local you are, hoof up those stairs and get to your booking at the bar. Book online to secure a 2-hour spot (group bookings are limited to 10 people). You’ll need to give your credit card details along with your booking – there’s a $24 charge if you don’t show up.
Good heavens, we’ve missed Good Heavens, with its Americana menu and its Palm Springs vibe. We missed the Hawaiian shirt-clad staff serving up '80s cocktails with a modern twist. We’ve missed that sprawling rooftop on Bourke Street. Get your Melbourne on and get a booking. You can book a table for 10 instantly (email for bigger groups). Depending on the size of your group, your booking will be for between 90 minutes and 2 hours. All safe socialising practices are in place.
Beer DeLuxe is one of those iconic Melbourne meeting places. It’s always a handy place to meet before a gig or a show. It’s also a big drawcard for Melbourne's craft beer scene. See what local breweries are being showcased by booking a table and sampling some new brews. Hungry? There’s a very beer-friendly menu available too.
Last updated on Mon 18 Jan 2021
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Meatball & Wine Bar
Choose your meatballs and your sauce and match it with some great wines at this casual diner.