Cabinet Bar and Balcony
Nestled above the hustle and bustle of Swanston Street is the very modest Cabinet Bar. You could easily walk past it on your daily commute to work, but it's become the go-to spot for workers treating themselves to a drink after a long day.
The bar flaunts a wide selection of drinks but loves to showcase its cocktails the most, which feel like an essential as you soak up the rare afternoon Melbourne sun. A refreshing bar jar such as the Shaun Roberts that teases flavours of ginger and fresh fruit might be your thirst quencher of choice, or if you’re looking for a sweeter and more flirty drink, their bright and sweet rosé sangria is what you’ll see patrons sipping on. What makes this place even more unbelievable is its colourful food menu that proves to be good competition with even the most indulgent cocktail.
The bar offers specials such as Macho Nacho Mondays which gets you a pot and a plate of beef nachos with spicy Mexican beans piled to a mountainous level (in the best way possible) for $10. If you’re looking to share, the flatbread selection packed with fresh ingredients is sure to have other patrons eyeing off your table in envy. The chicken club with crispy bacon, cos lettuce and aioli is a house favourite, and with very good reason.
Elsewhere, try their delicious pan fried saganaki perfectly matched with lemon or the Caribbean spiced chicken served with yoghurt for a well balanced flavour. Capping it off their mini chocolate fondue with strawberries, marshmallow and croissant is an enticingly indulgent desert to end the evening on a high note.
If the balcony vibe isn’t for you, nestle into an intimate corner of the bar and enjoy the warm, candle-lit atmosphere of the venue as the sun goes down. Summer is fast approaching and what better way to spend it with good food, friends and a glass of bubbly at Cabinet Bar and Balcony. You'd be hard pressed to find a better option for ballin' on a budget – particularly at a price that won't break the bank.
Words & Image by Julia Sansone