Working in hospitality for my legally-drinking life has left me with a “unique” taste for where I like to drink vodka-sodas.
A place needs a good bartender, great drinks, quirky nature.
Or all of the above.
Or none of the above.
Anyway, feel free to stalk me at any one of these three bars I quite enjoy for different reasons in Melbourne city.
1st Floor 347 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Vic 3065
Thurs – Sat 5pm til late and Sun 12pm – late
Take a quick trip down Brunswick street, past your old favourite Naked For Satan, turn left onto Kerr Street, walk about 10 paces, turn left, climb approx. 20 stairs and you will find your self in your new number one watering hole.
You can sit either in a cosy interior with fire places for the winter months, or grab your bottled beer and head out to the large sunny courtyard.
The drinks menu is full of variety, fruity, milky, new flavours, classic combinations… Whatever it is you are after, your bar tender will match your taste buds.
Food is delicious and extensive with pizzas and mezzes. Or, you can pop downstairs while the restaurant is open and eat at the lovely Fitz.
Also, mega bonus – Damask can be hired out for events with little or no booking fee.
So basically, a cocktail bar you can semi-exclusively hire for events with the most attractive, helpful and all round top bartenders?
Recommended drink: In Bloom
Cocktails and mezze menu
Price Range: $$
438 Church Street, Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Weds – Sun 5pm til late
Cheap booze, board games, carnivals. Sounds like a bloody good day out, doesn’t it?
And it is.
You buy $5.50 “tickets” and with these you buy your very, very cheap rum based cocktail. And if it’s happy hour, it will only be ONE ticket.
ONE cocktail for ONE ticket.
Two tickets during normal trading hours. Still VERY well priced.
So the cutie (did I mention the boys have tattoos and great facial hair) behind the bar will give you your drink, in a plastic bag or plastic cup depending on your choice of beverage, and you’ll sit on your table playing dominos while cracking peanuts out of their shells.
The staff all stand behind a cage-like structure and you hand them your tickets through a hole in the wire
Seating is basic and definitely not somewhere you would go for a dark-corner hook up.
Bar Economico is not the place to go if you’re dressed to the nines, but if you’re in the mood for good, cheap drinks and a fun atmosphere. This is your place.
The only thing missing is elephants, a Ferris wheel and a bearded woman.
Recommended drink: Rum Ice Tea (Different name but it comes in a plastic bag)
Quirky with cheap drinks
Price range: $
St Kilda Sea Baths,10-18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
Mon – Thurs 4pm til late | Fri – Sun Midday til late
Q. What’s better than watching the sun set over beautiful St Kilda beach?
A. Watching the sun set over St Kilda beach on the second story, on a blue and white striped couch with a crushed ice mojito in hand.
Captain Baxters is conveniently located above the hustle bustle of the beach boardwalk so you can settle down for a post-work drink or dinner without having to be too close to the families, junkies and skater kids.
The cocktails are perfect and hand crafted with the customer in mind. The best comes when you ask the bar tender to make you something you will like, tell them what base and hello delectable cocktail.
Settle down near the beach side and watch the world go by out there, or equally as good – face your chair towards the centre of the venue and you’ve got yourself a private fashion show.
Recommended drink: Whatever the bar tender fancies
Fancy and great drinks
Price range: $$$
*Damask post was not sponsored, I just really like drinking here on my days off. Especially Sunday sessions.