Match Bar & Grill

Address: Level 1 , 249 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia
Tel: +61 3 9654 6522
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Thu 4pm-1am, Fri-Sat 3pm-3am
Door: Open door
Style: Neighborhood bar
Price guide: Middling
Food: Full menu
Owned by: Jonathan Downey

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Despite its oh-so-Australian location above the QV Retail mall, the Melbourne outpost of the London bar group does not disappoint. Mismatched vintage leather sofas? Check! Tunnel of fine wines by the glass? Check! Well-thought-out, crowd-pleasing cocktail list and proficient staff? Check!

There are a few adaptations to the city of Melbourne, all the same. In addition to the Matchnificent Seven and cocktails by Dale DeGroff, there’s plenty of homegrown concoctions: fans can compare the London and Melbourne drinking styles on a page entitled The Ashes.

A Weekend at Burnies, created by Steve Crozier and Russ McFadden, blended Hellyers Road Tasmanian peated whisky (a dram worth exploring in its own right) with spiced mead (more readily available here than in the UK), apple, lemon and honey.

A great and specifically Australian take on a classic flavour combo, it shows that not only convicts can improve when exported overseas.

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