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What’s new in Melbourne

/ 03 Sep 2018
The latest and greatest openings, news and updates from around the city.

Dining and drinking experiences

Taking cue from South-East Asian street food and hawker centres, Heroes offers diners a steady stream of charcoal-grilled BBQ dishes such as skewers, wings and other drinks-friendly bites housed in four levels of food, drinks and fun. The east-meets-west influence extends to the cocktail list spliced with Asian ingredients, complemented by a rooftop terrace and a basement karaoke room for those wanting to sing their hearts out. Levels 1-3, 188 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, (03) 8639 0630

Diners wanting to take time to slow down can find their pace at Lesa, Melbourne’s set-menu-only restaurant from restaurateurs Christian McCabe and Dave Verheul, the team behind Embla, just downstairs. Each of the four produce-driven courses offers three dishes to select from, but otherwise diners can sit back and let the competent team do the rest. Vintage lighting, rustic brick walls and low timber ceiling panels ensure a downbeat, intimate vibe suited to those wanting to linger. Level 1 122 Russell Street Melbourne 3000, (03) 9654 5923

Little Lon is the new kid in town handcrafting small batch spirits in east Melbourne. Focusing on gin, this inner city gin distiller opens its bar three days a week from Thursday to Saturday.  Visitors wanting to learn about the distillation process, base spirit and the flavours and botanicals of Little Lon’s gins which are inspired by the characters who once lived in and around their current site can book in a masterclass tasting. 17 Casselden Place, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, 0434 796 873 

Keeping visitors sated with a new secret entrance, it's hard to resist the lure of Trinket. Once visitors find their way into the green-velvet and chandelier-decorated art deco cocktail lounge, there’s a further covert space accessed by stairs behind the bar. Old-world mixed drinks are offset with a selection of nibbles, including incredibly realistic cheese cigars, plus a roaring fire for chilly nights and a cobbled laneway for fresh night air. 87 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9810 0044

Bomba Rooftop Bar reopens and welcomes city dwellers to its refurbished bar with a focus on gin with Australian and Spanish distillers, as well as an exclusive Bomba-specific Animus Distillery gin, from Kyneton, used in a selection of in-house cocktails.   As the warmer months loom ahead, the rooftops bar’s new smart retractable roof, provides a fully weatherproof spot for patrons to take in the city skyline. 103 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9662 1558

Capitano is a neighbourhood Italian restaurant in the evolving Carlton precinct from the talented team behind Bar Liberty. At the moment diners can pick from two pasta dishes, the utterly buttery Clam Chittara or Vesuvio, clever little volcano shaped morsels of deliciousness in vodka sauce. There is an American influence for sure with the pizzas more at home in New York than Lygon Street. Produce however is mostly local so it's a multi-cultural affair diners can expect.  Mains include Not My Mum's Meatballs or sharing style Lasagne or a Dry-aged Steak. Wines and cocktails are perfectly chosen. The menu will change regularly keeping fans coming back for more.  421 Rathdowne St, Carlton VIC 3053, (03) 9134 855

Retail experiences

Located in the heart of the city, the iconic Block Arcade basement is now home to  Creswick Woollen Mills where visitors can get up close with this award-winning Australian family business. Creswick specialises in luxurious, high quality, natural, sustainable fibres including alpaca, cashmere, merino wool and possum apparel, accessories and homewares. Visitors can learn more about the mill’s history through interactive displays, including a Wool Room and Weaving Beam, highlighting the family’s commitment to Australian manufacturing and design. Basement Level, 96 Elizabeth Street Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9662 1346

Led by personal stylists, Fashion by Foot takes shoppers on a retail journey to meet Melbourne-based designers in Brunswick, Fitzroy and Collingwood. On the tour, shoppers will have the opportunity to discover and go behind the scenes of micro-sized businesses that design and produce exceptional, indie and bespoke clothing and accessories. The walking tours run exclusively once a month retailing at $185 per person and shopping is optional, if they can resist.  219 Smith Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, 0488 440 511

The pioneering café and design store that celebrates all things Japanese, CIBI, is expanding and relocating to a bigger site nearby. With an ethos of 'enriching the lives of their customers, team, suppliers and neighbourhood' CIBI's new space will embrace the Japanese wabi-sabi concept and will be divided into different zones showcasing a larger design store plus Japanese pantry staples, Victorian seasonal produce and dairy products, locally-made tofu as well as sauces, pickles and condiments from owners Meg and Zenta Tanaka. The larger kitchen and café will offer an extended menu of soulful Japanese-inspired food which blends traditional Japanese ingredients and cooking methods with Western flavours and local seasonal produce. The menu is available for breakfast, through to lunch and afternoon tea. New CIBI will open October 1st 2018. 31-39 Keele Street, Collingwood, (03) 9077 3941


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