Top Places to Enjoy All Year Round
We all have our favourite local bar or restaurant. We generally think of bars with an outdoor area as a Summer option. So what makes a good pub a Summer and Winter prospect? HEATING!
Traditionally Australians love to do their entertaining outside. Rather than choose our entertainment options based on the weather forecast, venues with Infratech heaters can be an all-year-round option.
Just as importantly, we like to enjoy a warm ambient atmosphere out our preferred restaurants. Infratech heaters work wonderfully in any dining setting, both indoors and out.
Akachochin Restaurant 33 S Wharf Promenade, Melbourne
Akachochin is a contemporary Tokyo Bar that incorporates traditional Japanese food with the customary form of izakaya-style serving. This comprises of several smaller dishes as opposed to full plate size quantities. Akachochin boasts over 50 speciality sakes to choose from. It was named best sushi restaurant by the Age food guide in 2013. The head chef Uein Hayashi Lee is responsible for some of the best Japanese food cooked in Melbourne.
The name of the restaurant is representative of the red lanterns that can be seen outside traditional Japanese izakayas. Little Japan in the heart of Melbourne’s South Wharf.
For more information: www.akachochin.com.au
Babble Bar and Café 4B/C Izett St, Prahran
An old weatherboard house turned into a Café/Bar boasts seasonal produce and friendly staff. They promote simple café food but also cater for vegans, vegetarians and our gluten-free friends. Babble has been around for over 20 years and has become an institution in café dining and fine coffee in the Prahran area.
They provide a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu and are also licenced. You could start there with breakfast and not have to leave until after dinner! They have weekday specials including steak night and burger night. Not to mention weekend drink specials.
Babble also love to host private functions and can tailor make a unique menu around you and your guests.
4 B/C Izett street has been a residential home, florist and deli. Now it is loved and nurtured by the Babble rabble and that enthusiasm and passion is evident in every dish that is served.
For more information: www.babblebarandcafe.com.au
Blue Train Café UR 3/3 Southgate Ave, Southbank, Melbourne
Blue Train is one of Melbourne’s most iconic meeting places. They provide a casual dining experience in a sensational setting. Their menu consistency speaks for itself. With a staple of pizza, burgers, pasta, grazing plates and char-grilled dishes their vibrant spot never goes out of vogue. Whether it’s a quick burger before the football or a lazy lunch with friends over a grazing platter Blue Train is sure to surprise and delight.
One of the hidden jewels in the Blue Train crown is the 16 beers on tap. If you would prefer something a bit more shareable, they have an extensive wine, champagne and spirits list. These are not a random selection, they have been chosen specifically to compliment the menu.
Come down to Southgate and see what all the fuss is about.
For more information: www.bluetrain.com.au
Beehive Hotel 84 Barkers Rd, Hawthorn
The Beehive is not only one of Hawthorns oldest pubs but an institution amongst the locals. Dating back to 1855 the location on the busy stretch of Barkers road has seen many incarnations. Its name harks back to the town from which the first publican James Colvin originated. It was one of the first Public Houses opened East of the Yarra. Whilst undergoing some major renovations and changes over the years, the bones of the old original pub are still present. Today it has a very earthy, rustic feel. This is present in the beautiful old wooden arched windows and black and white tiled walls. The ornate ceiling is something to behold.
The menu consists of both pub fare and fine dining. They do everything from a wood-fired pizza, to a pub classic and a cheese platter. They even have to entrée menus, the traditional starters and the seafood starters. You will be spoilt for choice!
They have an enviable beer garden, so the local family owners are focused on making it not just family friendly but a pub for all seasons.
For more information: www.facebook.com/thebeehivehotel
Budapest Restaurant and Palinka Bar 273 Glenhuntly Rd, Elsternwick
This well-renowned icon of Elsternwick offers a choice of Hungarian and European food. Everything from cabbage rolls to Goulash to their famous giant schnitzel. Head chef Viktor Sallay has 20 years culinary experience and is well versed in the cuisines of Hungary, Italy, Russia and modern Australia. They also provide gluten-free and vegetarian options. They have a happy hour every evening and banquet menus that will delight the fussiest of crowds. Live music on scheduled days is also another string to their restaurant bow.
Wondering where to go on your next Crazy Gypsy night? Head to Budapest restaurant on the first Tuesday of any month and there you will find a group of like-minded folk.
For more information: www.budapest.com.au