I love Melbourne and try to get into the city as much as I can.
As a reward for surviving the first week of the holidays with TS back at work, I rewarded myself with the a night out in Melbourne with two friends.
First up, a movie at ACMI ($6 before 6pm, $15 at other times, concessions available). We watched Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (M) ($6 before 6pm, $15 at other times, concessions available) . It was brilliant, thought-provoking and a bit depressing – images from the 1960s first wave feminist movement, showed our far we haven’t come. This documentary is must-see for women and girls everywhere.
Dinner was next. We headed over to Little Creatures in Fitzroy.
The building had an industrial feel but was light and airy. It was busy, but service was good. There was a friendly vibe too.
I wasn’t disappointed. Simple and elegant, with subtle lighting and unobtrusive music, I felt at home immediately.
Service was quick and courtesies (table service with only groups of 6 or less are accepted). All the staff were dressed beautifully. (I vowed to return in a dress).
The attention to detail was fantastic. The manager proudly showed his collection of cocktail books featuring two of the first ever recipe books produced. Other cabinets featured various bar paraphernalia. I loved the old fashioned cash register.
This attention to detail continued to the presentation of the drinks. We all ordered Martin Miller gin and tonics.
They came served in tall glasses, with a long ice cube the full height of the glass, a slice of cucumber and a wedge of lime. The tonic was served separately in a small jug, enabling us to taste the gin first and to decide for ourselves the strength of the drink.
My favourite touch was the silver straw.
The G&T was divine. I’m definitely returning for a longer visit.
Later, we strolled back through the city laughing and chatting, pausing at Brunettis for one of the best coffees I’ve had in Melbourne.
Good friends, a mind-feeding film, decent food, a great bar and superb coffee. All for around $50.
I love Melbourne.