Stokehouse City 7 Alfred Place, Melbourne 3000 (03) 9525 5555 or www.stokehouse.com.au/city Melbourne institution Stokehouse has returned, with the opening of Stokehouse City in the CBD. The new venue is a reincarnation of the original restaurant at St Kilda, sadly lost to fire. It’s an all-in-one location, with fine dining upstairs and a casual bar … Read more


Captain Baxter/Republica St Kilda Sea Baths 10-18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda Vic 3182 www.captainbaxter.com.au and www.republica.net.au St Kilda seaside venues Captain Baxter and Republica have chosen Ambient Technology to supply their restaurant, cafe, balcony, piazza and bar spaces with Outline loudspeakers and amplification. St Kilda has been Melbourne’s beachside playground for over 160 years. It … Read more


Crown Melbourne

8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, VIC
(03) 9292 8888 or www.crownmelbourne.com.au

With The Star shaking up its F&B, Crown has brought in a new face, Nicholas Kurban. He shares with venue his plans to make Crown the toast of the world, not just Australia.

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Functional & Special

Harbour Room:

Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron,  Pier Road, St Kilda
(03) 9534 1300 orwww.foodanddesire.com

Food & Desire has been busy since Leigh Worcester and his partner took over the business in the new millennium. A change of direction led the catering company from corporate lunches to far more ambitious functions, and since then they’ve refashioned a nightclub on the rim of Albert Park Lake as the super-serene Carousel function space. This year sees Food & Desire expand again, this time into St Kilda’s Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, where they’ve taken on the lease of the second-storey function space, called Harbour Room (designed by Chris Connell of MAP), as well as rustling up tucker for hearty sea-faring club members.

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Riverland Bar

Riverland Bar:

Vaults 1 – 9, Federation Wharf, Melbourne
(03) 9662 1771 or www.riverlandbar.com

The Riverland Bar’s progress has been anything but meteoric. Life began out as a single coffee bar with a handful of staff to coincide with the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in 2006. Now? The venue stretches almost 100 metres along the Yarra River foreshore and caters to 500 to 600 people a night when Summer hits. It is part of a project (commissioned by Federation Square and helmed by Mark Healy of Six Degrees Architects) to develop the disused Princes Walk Vaults under Federation Square and rejuvenate them from ‘troll under the bridge’ status into a burgeoning hub of riverside activity.

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Van Haandels’ Pacific Solution

Pacific Dining Room:

(02) 6680 7055 or www.pacificdiningroom.com.au

Donning the sandals and shorts and road tripping North towards the sun and sand is an inviting prospect for some in the Southern states. Far from a holiday though, John and Lisa Van Haandel decided to make the trip work for themselves handing over a generous sum to previous owner John Cornell for the Beach Hotel at Byron Bay last year. The two know a bit about restaurants, with a couple of two-hat restaurants under their belts just outside of Melbourne in St Kilda – Circa, The Prince and Stokehouse.

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