Have you ever heard of a “cocktail itinerary”? The good news is that it’s exactly what it sounds like! We’ve put one together just for you, so clear your plans and prepare to get sipping.
What’s say we kick things off with a little dose of magic, eh? Magic Mountain is known for many wonderful things, from its cool-looking logo to a damn fine bowl of congee. This Thai food titan is a vibrant, bustling spot to visit for brekkie, and the Bucks Fizz cocktail is the perfect accompaniment. That’s orange juice, Grand Marnier and pomegranate mixed with champagne. Lovely, bubbly stuff.
“The decor is super trendy and very vibrant and hip. It has the vibrancy of the Thai caf. Established by the people who did Cookie and Toff in Town, they definitely understand the Melbourne drinking culture. The drinks menu is fun and my favourite is the botanical spritz which comprises of a prosecco with a multitude of fun elements which you can add to jazz up the flavour.” – svchu1
Are you ready for cocktail number two? ‘Cause here it comes! It’s called “A Great Leap Forward”, and you’ll find it waiting for you down at Rice Paper Scissors. This one is a blend of lychee vodka, mint, lime and ginger beer, and it goes down very easily with the Asian-inspired eats on offer. The venue itself is a slick, modern and very inviting, and you’ll feel right at home the second you stroll in.
“You have to book here because it’s super busy. They have two lunch sittings and they are pretty spot on with getting you in and out on time. The special cocktails were tasty and fresh, some great combinations! The menu is good, lots of options. The duck salad was brilliant and I would eat it again and again. Funky atmosphere, and friendly staff. Loved eating here and the entire experience.” – jmer
Onto the arvo now, and straight to Easey’s for a delectable expresso martini pick-me-up. They make it with Old Collingwood Classic Rocketfuel Coffee, and mix it in with vodka and sweet vanilla syrup. Just the thing to keep you nice and lively while you settle into the unique outdoor converted train carriage seating area. Oh, and if you get peckish, the burgers here are immense.
“The vibe in here is sick! You can either sit downstairs where the music is pumping or you can sit upstairs in trains or outside on the roof! We ordered a burger and added Mac n cheese so we could see if it worked in a burger and IT DID! Definitely recommend this place!” – MM21
Seamstress is a quirkily decorated, multi-levelled restaurant with a flair for fabulous Asian cuisine. Chinese attire hangs delicately from the ceiling, and the upstairs cocktail bar evokes dreamy colonial elegance. Order up a “Red Lantern”, with Pampero Anejo, Campari, and Dolin dry vermouth aged in an Oak barrel. We’d also highly recommend the soft shell crab slider with papaya and mango salad – deeeelish.
“This place often gets missed as pedestrians walk past. The coffee is smooth and of good quality. Great place to go for a quick coffee catch up with staff taking orders from your table as it is quite small. They try to create an Asian theme with sirachas as props and the displaying the traditional Chinese Qi Pao dress.” – Oreo88
And so we reach the end of our little excursion, but there’s just time for one last cocktail before it’s time to call it a night. The cocktail in question is the “Clover Club”, and it’s available at the ever-classy and suitably mood-lit 1806. Drinks are a work of art here, and this particular treat is made from Dolin Dry, Cinzano Rosso, Tanqueray, lemon, egg whites and raspberry syrup. Now that’s a nightcap.
“A great place if you’re in the mood for a classy cocktail and some conversation amongst even classier friends. Very old timey with wooden floors and leather seats and couches, truly reminding you of the rich heritage of Melbourne. Ask the staff for the drink in the tin can, defiantly one of the best drinks I’ve ever had! They are sure to know what you are talking about!” – Joren