An evening with the Madame

On November 15, 2012, in CBD, by Jonno

Melbourne.

It’s 5pm and the sun has been out for most of the afternoon now. The mercury has risen to a warm 26 degrees and the backpackers are undressing in Federation Square. The deckchair commandeered for my afternoon nap has drifted into the sun giving me a rosy glow. Students behind me shelter in the shade of what was my umbrella and are talking non-stop. Their conversation is banal and I am forced to reconsider my position.

Pulling out my iPhone I look at this months latest most liked bars and notice that Gin Palace is still listed at the top, but wait. What’s this the Madame has jumped up to be equal in her likes. Well, game on and where better on a warm afternoon than in the garden of our favourite Madame – Madame Brussels.

 

Gin Palace and Madame Brussels are the top “liked” bars in Melbourne

 

The madame attends to her guests needs

 

I am lucky to get a spot at the balcony looking over the Main Street and giving me a panorama of the whole alfresco area. The sun is warm, but I have some shade. A beautiful woman beside me is in full sun and is seen to be under duress. The staff bring out a pale green parasol for which she can protect her beautiful skin. She smiles at everyone who is watching. Sexy and sassy the Madame knows how to treat her guests.

 

With cold beer and a pleasant outlook, Madame Brussels has to be one of the best bars in Melbourne’s CBD.

 

CITY CIRCLE TRAM PUB TOUR

On September 17, 2012, in CBD, Docklands, by Jonno

All Aboard – It’s Free!!!

City circle tram – free pub crawl!

Our business is reliant on the sale of our app for the iPhone, which many will know, will guide you to almost every pub and bar in Melbourne’s CBD, Docklands and Southbank. We think we have em all, but, hey even we can miss one or two! Every now and again it’s great to share some of our in- depth research with our followers. So this month we have pulled together a great little tour around the city with 4 great pubs / bars for you to visit and some interesting things to look at on the way. When the sun is out and the mercury rises above 20 degrees, what better way to pass an afternoon, than by wandering the streets of Melbourne?

 

Great Pubs and a Free Tram Ride

Firstly, we must point out that being drunk on the tram is not acceptable – so take it easy!

The city circle tram does bog laps (as my other half would say) around Melbourne CBD every day between 8am and 6pm. It’s a great way to see the city and get familiar with where you are and where everything is. It is also a great way to explore some of Melbourne’s interesting bars and attractions. The great thing is – it’s free!

This great little tour takes you to the four edges of Melbourne, starting in the north and ending in the west. As its using the tram you can go in any order you like, but we think the order we have selected fits an afternoon session rather nicely.

Head to Flagstaff, where a very short walk will get you the The Mint. Located in an old house, this is a bit of a posh sort of place, but the al-fresco area is nice and secluded and over looks a great historic building. The food here is pretty good too as we often come here for a burger and a beer to discuss business when in Melbourne. Having a good feed is always a good way to start a session we find.

 

Jump back on the tram and head to Parliament. Well, it was many years ago when Melbournians thought they ruled the country (some in Collingwood still think they do!).  True to political form, the pollies egos became too big and they needed their own state, Canberra. On the bright side, it’s handy for porn and drugs we hear (never been there). My favourite quote on Canberra is from Bill Bryson. Canberra – slightly better than breaking a leg.

 

Siglo rooftop barThere are a few options in the Parliament area, so we have 2 choices. For those wanting to have a “posh” drink, it is hard to go past Siglo. Their rooftop area is gorgeous overlooking the street tree canopy with hints of the Parliament building popping through. It’s table service here and the wine list makes it worth it. If a pub is more your thing, then the Cricketers in the Windsor hotel will satisfy that thirst for a beer. This bar has become quite famous in Melbourne, not sure why as it really is nothing special. It has recently been refurbished, but it’s really just a different colour.

 

Back on the circle route, head down to Federation Square. This place was so controversial when it was built. The architecture upset lots of people, but I reckon it was a bold and impressive decision not to develop this area in a normal office box layout. The sandstone paving is fabulous and every time we are here it’s normally packed. So a good indication that a lot of people like it! There are two great options here, actually there are more than that but we are losing the point! For a “posh” drink head to Transit, the rooftop bar in the Transport building. Great views over the river out to Albert Park and the city. Want something more beery, well delve deep into the heart of Federation Square to Beer Deluxe. It has everything the label suggests!!!!

It’s hard to leave Federation Square, but our final destination is down in Docklands by the water. The Woolshed pub is a converted warehouse and has a great selection of beers, wines and even some fancy cocktails. The staff were really good here when we visited and being off the CBD circuit I think that they get a more regular office crowd. And friendliness is what we love in our pubs!

 

Enjoy this tour and please don’t get trashed and upset the tram driver, you’ll spoil it for every one. We reckon a pint in each bar is more than enough, before you settle in at the Woolshed.

 

 

 

Melbourne Skyline

Another rainy Melbourne day!

Sharing a cold beer or nice wine with mates on a warm Melbourne summer afternoon is one of our favourite past times. Especially if you can get an outdoor bar, and extra special if it is on the river. We have visited all the 250 or so bars and pubs in Melbourne CBD, Docklands and South Bank and here are three of the best for relaxing on the Yarra, drinking outdoors.

 

To find these bars and many more easily, download our Melbourne Pubs & Bars iPhone app – walk around Melbourne CBD and be guided not only by our reviews, but also which venues people have “Liked” the most. In our app when you visit a bar you can tick you “Like” it, and that you have visited it too – so when next looking for a bar you haven’t been to you can see them on your iPhone quickly.

 

Transit Lounge

Transit in Federation Square

Cool views over Melbourne CBD

A hidden Melbourne rooftop bar, you will find this gem above Taxi restaurant – which itself is above Transport, on Swanston Street in the corner of Federation Square touching Princes Bridge. The bar isn’t very big, but with the rooftop area added in you can fit in a good crew here if you are looking to impress out-of-town mates. With gorgeous chesterfield chairs and couches this bar has been decked out tastefully.

 

See more on Transit.

 

 

 

Riverland

Image of Riverland their website

On the river and great on a warm balmy night

A very popular bar on a sunny day, this Melbourne riverside bar has a lot of outdoor space. Perfect for Pimms in a cool summer breeze, pretend you are in London (or atop Madame Brussels – another of our favourite, and quirky Melbourne bars).

 

After a large sporting event at the MCG, Rod Laver Arena or ??? this bar is usually packed, as it is the closest “cool” bar to these grounds. So check for major events before trying to sample this top Melbourne bar.

See more on Riverland.

 

Ponyfish Island

Ponyfish Island

The closest you can get to the Yarra without a boat!

We’re saving the best til last. In such an innocuous spot, this brilliant little bar is on the Yarra underneath the pedestrian footbridge from Flinders Street Station to South Bank. About halfway across the bridge from the Flinders Street Station side, look to your right for some stairs and wander down. You will see a unique bar literally on the Yarra River.

 

In summer this bar rocks on, the music is funky and it can often get crowded by late afternoon on the weekend – so get in early and perch yourself with a drink overlooking the river and Melbourne skyline.

 

See more about Ponyfish Island on Facebook.