Mill Place Merchants


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Mill Place Merchants


mill place merchants
words by ashlynn hannah

Sneak a tipple or two in this shimmering speakeasy.

Live Music: at Mill Place Merchants promises to swoon you, with live jazz, blues, big band music and soul crooners scheduled from the early evening until after midnight.

Famous for: being hard to find. Don’t be fooled by the dressing room mirror, it is merely an obstacle to pass before being transported to Melbourne’s newest speakeasy.

Infamous for: its classic cocktail list. It’s only a few weeks old but the people have already spoken.

Melbourne is known for its nightlife and its endless choice of places to frequent when the sun goes down. It’s a city full of hidden bars and hard-to-find alleyways, which means Mill Place Merchants is right at home. Situated in the heart of the CBD, just off Flinders Lane in a heritage-listed building dating back to the 1840s, Mill Place is the perfect spot for a drink before a show at one of the city’s many theatres or live music venues. Maybe even better after the show, perched up on one of the many cushioned armchairs to keep you cosy late into the night. 

It has an atmosphere akin to 1920s Paris – think sipping gin rickeys with F. Scott Fitzgerald and other artsy bohemians. The minute you walk through the maroon door, you’ll spot watercolour sketches of iconic buildings on Flinders Lane (including the very building you are in) courtesy of local artist Ross McFarlane. 

With cocktail names like Opera, Monte Carlo and Rabo de Galo, the drink list is dressed to impress. It’s also well-suited to accompany the many delectable snacks featured on the food menu, including everything from charcuterie and deviled eggs to vanilla rum canelés.

It’s easy to get lost in the old-worldly charm of Melbourne’s newest speakeasy. The atmosphere radiates ‘date night’ but could also be fitting for planning world domination with your best friends. Just make sure you follow the house rules and “Do not bring anyone unless you would leave that person alone in your home.”

More information here.