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Top 5 drinks near the T&G Building for any occasion

24 May 2017

With more pubs per capita than any other city in the world, Melbourne does not fall short of sipping sanctuaries with unique cocktails, crisp beers and comforting coffee. The city blocks surrounding the T&G Building at 161 Collins Street in particular are rich with options; from grungy rock ‘n’ roll venues to sophisticated European inspired wine bars. Here’s our quick guide to the best drinks and where to find them (Bonus: they are all merely steps away from the T&G Building).

Go Go Bar / @gogobarmelb

125 Flinders Lane

Looking to impress a client? Invite them to Go Go Bar for a Jackfruit cocktail. The combination of exotic jackfruit, aromatics and a secret rum looks so sunshine-y that it can’t help but put a smile on their face (the sneaky addition of Absinthe won’t hurt the situation either). Also a plus, you get the cool caché – and impressive bar snacks – of Go Go’s sister venue Chin Chin, which is just upstairs.

Everyday Midtown / @everydaymidtown

213 Little Collins Street

Team catch up required in the morning? Take a short stroll to Everyday Midtown for a cup of their crowd-pleasing All Day espresso blend and make it a stand-up meeting. The bright cafe offers takeaway and they’re quick, so you’ll up your efficiency in no time.

IMAGE CREDIT: Abigail Varney

Eau de Vie / @eaudeviemelbourne

1 Malthouse Lane

Celebrating a big project win? Take the team to Eau De Vie for celebratory Espresso Zabaiones. This speakeasy’s confection of coffee, maple syrup and whiskey, vodka or rum comes enclosed under a saffron and vanilla mousse that has been frozen with liquid nitrogen so you must crack into it to get to your drink. As one of the most photographed cocktails in town, it’s special enough for a reward.

Supernormal / @supernormal_180

180 Flinders Lane

Looking to boost your team’s morale? Order them a round of Alpha Green cocktails in one of the private dining rooms at Supernormal. The double action of gin and chamomile will have everyone relaxed in no time. Why book a private room? After a few Alpha Greens it will be team karaoke time of course!

IMAGE CREDIT: Theo Hampshire

Misty / @mistybar

3-5 Hosier Lane Melbourne

Looking for a drink to help you wind down come Friday night knock-off? Try a classic Negroni at Misty. It’s the bartender’s go-to drink and a perfect choice for when you don’t want to expend too much brainpower at the end of a long working week. This bar does a spot-on version, plus they have plenty of seating to lounge on as you let your hair down.

IMAGE CREDIT: Robert Fragnito

Sarah Willcocks has “tested” so many of Melbourne’s icon cocktail – the Espresso Martini – that she suspects she may now be 60% caffeine. When she is not keeping a bar-stool company, she is either editing DrinkMelbourne, contributing bar columns to The Urban List or judging you by how much vermouth you put in your martini. See what she’s currently sipping here