You ever go to a brand new hidden Melbourne bar and think: this must have been here for ages? That’s what Juliet Melbourne has done.
- Juliet Melbourne
- Basement, 37 – 41 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hidden beneath old fave Punch Lane, the uber chill space is the CBD spot you’ve been searching for.
There’s pink neon, a signature red lantern, chandeliers and walls lined with bottles, but there’s a little more than meets the eye. The carefully curated menu champions female winemakers, spirit-makers and producers.
Owner Martin Pirc says the hospitality industry often fails to recognise the contributions of women.
“Our goal is to showcase their hard work and evolve our menu over time so those who visit Juliet will get to sample and learn about an array of local and international female-created products, and – if they get their timing right – maybe even meet the maker.”
But what would a Melbourne venue be without cocktails?
Don’t stress there’s plenty of those too, including the Elderflower Vespa – white light vodka, cocchi americano, St Germain elderflower, orange and lemon, and Juliet’s take on an Old Fashioned, with Espolon Reposado tequila, agave, chocolate bitters and grapefruit.
You have our attention.
The menu, created by chef Gabriel Alonso, has a share plate focus, including South Australian pan-fried sardines with a herbed remoulade; vitello tonnato with anchovies, fermented black garlic, quail eggs and olives; soffrito, caciocavallo and parmesan stuffed zucchinis finished with truffle pecorino.
Can we take a moment to talk about cheese?
The signature raclette is melted and freshly shaved at your table. *SWOON*
“We’ve made it as welcoming as possible and seen it be enjoyed by many different groups – from couples on dates to corporates who want to book it out in its entirety.
“It’s the sort of place where you could imagine F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway speaking in hushed tones by the fireplace, or, fast-forward to groups of millenials Snapchatting and dancing into the early hours.
What’s in a name?
Juliet Melbourne throws back to the 1870s when Romeo Lane and Juliet Terrace were notorious for being one of Melbourne’s first ‘red light districts’.
Both streets have since been renamed (Crossley and Liverpool Street).