Type of food / drink: Cocktails
A Melburnian friend decided to take me to Madame Brussels one evening and I LOVED it! Madame Brussels is a wonderfully quirky cocktail bar on a roof terrace which is hidden away – you have to go up a few flights of stairs and it is not clearly sign posted. The place was pretty busy when we arrived but we were lucky to get a seat by the wall, overlooking the marvellous city.
The roof terrace was decked out in astro turf and the decor was vintage girly kitsch with chaise longue and metal garden furniture. The staff were dressed in tennis outfits and the atmosphere was a naughty mocking tribute to English jolly hockey sticks.
The cocktail menu (and this I guess is the main reason for coming to Madame Brussels) had many double entendre with drinks such as Madame’s Fruity Double D Cups and Love Juice. The cocktails came in various sizes – the individual cocktail was called ‘Playing With Yourself’ and a small jug for two people was ‘Two Players,’ references to tennis of course. 😉 I’m not sure how big the Carry On films are in Australia but the Madame Brussels menu did sound like something from one of these films!
Pimms was also on the menu, served with all the delicious trimmings as one would expect! We settled for Gin Garden, a refreshing mix of gin, elderflower, lime, apple juice and soda, and looked out at the city.
I didn’t try the food at Madame Brussels but the menu – cup cakes and light meals such as sandwiches and sausage rolls – was tempting.
I am glad that I was taken to one of Melbourne’s best loved cocktail bars – as a UK girl down under, I was amused to see such a frivolous and fond take on ‘Englishness.’ Carry on and keep being fancy!
Level 3, 59 – 63 Bourke Street
Tel: +61 3 9662 2775
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 12.00 – 01.00 the next morning
Typical cost per alcoholic drink: Up to $20