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C&G’s Guide to the Best Winter Spots in Melbourne
Winter is a great excuse to spend more time indoors. Our city is chock-a-block with niche spots to escape the chill and relax – so be inspired this weekend and make the best of your fair city with C&G’s take on some of the best (and most surprising) spots to enjoy in Melbourne this winter.
Old Man Drew
Heard about Old Man Drew? Located in Ascot Vale, this heritage pre-federation era building is the right spot if you’re into that old-world Melbourne. With two fireplaces and a lush garden outside, you can decide for yourself whether to stay toasty inside or to sit out in the fairy-tale atmosphere of the courtyard. If you feel like swirling around a glass of red by a fire, delve down into the original bluestone wine cellar ad explore Old Man Drew’s rare collection. Well worth the journey from Bayside Melbourne … if only for a few hours.
The Imperial is a Spring Street pub that promises a touch of magic. If you’re seeing the new Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play, it’s the only venue to kick off your evening in style. The Imperial has a Potter-inspired rooftop bar perfect for pre-show drinks and the odd selfie. Their newly winter-proofed attraction is open seven days a week from 11 am ‘till late.
Can’t make it to the snow this year? Here’s the next best thing: a ski-themed bar that means you can enjoy a ski-lodge aesthetic without having to travel north. Mont Plonk is an alpine themed bar with delicious off-piste inspired offerings. Feel like hot buttered rum or gingerbread eggnog? You know the place to go.
Le Bon Ton
Head to the American South via Collingwood with famous Le Bon Ton - a New Orleans-influenced cosy bar. Offering up moreish dishes like smokehouse brisket and crab cakes, venture down anytime between 5 pm and 7 pm throughout the week to experience their happy hour, or book a private room for the night - including your own private bar.