Morris House to reopen as a four-level rooftop bar, live music and comedy venue

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Morris House to reopen as a four-level rooftop bar, live music and comedy venue

Words by Staff Writer

Melbourne CBD will welcome its newest four-level pub, Morris House, on Monday July 10 following a transformational $4 million renovation.

Designed by architect Red Design, Morris House will boast a new-look light exterior, NYC inspired basement comedy club, ground-level dining room, level one bar and terrace and an expansive rooftop with city views.

Formerly the European Bier Café, the renovation will see the venue accommodate 550 guests across the four revitalised levels, with the rooftop allowing for 180 guests.

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Morris House will be home to the Basement Comedy Club, a neon-lit space inspired by the great comedy clubs of New York. Featuring exposed brick, moody lighting, the space will play host to local and headline comedy acts every Friday and Saturday night in collaboration with Melbourne Comedy, including a residency from Arj Barker from 18th July.

The revamped dining room found on the ground floor will feature cosy, plush leather booths and a new marble bar which is conveniently positioned off the busy city sidewalk for those after a mid-week lunch or post-work drink.

The level one bar and terrace will feature booth seating and a sunny terrace overlooking Exhibition Street, weekly live music and can be booked for both corporate and social events. The ideal spot to enjoy local bands every Friday night, or sip on $16 Negronis whilst kicking-back to the sounds of Jazz every Thursday.

Perched on the fourth level, the rooftop is being marketed as an inner-city, leafy-green oasis with a retractable roof for leisurely lunches, cocktails at dusk and late-night drinks no matter the season. City-goers will also be able to enjoy upbeat DJ tunes on the fourth level every Friday and Saturday night.

A new menu from Executive Chef Christian Abbott and Head Chef Andrzej Urbanik will offer loaded bagels, fresh salads, top-quality cured meats, house-made focaccia, tasty share plates and reimagined pub classics.

Menu highlights include Baked Camembert, confit garlic and rosemary; Burrata with pickled fennel, raspberry vinegar and basil oil; Crumbed Western Plains Pork Rib Eye, capers, parmesan & raw slaw; and a Boozy New York Cheesecake with Manhattan jelly, vanilla ice cream & cherry.

A cocktail menu with a signature Agave section that will feature a Frozen Iced VoVo Margarita, a house take on an old-school Australian biscuit; Thirsty Hearts Club, a refreshingly, slightly smoky number made with Mezcal, Cointreau, Green Juice, Agave, Lime & Tajin, and a crowd-pleasing Spicy Watermelon Margarita.

Morris House Venue Manager Dylan Hewlett said the renovation is a new era for the old building and is an exciting addition to the Melbourne pub scene. “We’re bringing all the best parts of Melbourne together in one place which means there will always be something to come and enjoy. Start your night with a meal in the dining room, before heading down to the Basement Comedy Club for a show and end the evening on the rooftop with a signature cocktail.”

There will also be a Sunday Long Lunch offering grazing smallgoods, house-made focaccia, classic Beef Wellington served with red wine jus and a feast of sides, all served with a glass of wine. Available each week from 12 noon in the dining room, bar and rooftop.

Morris House bookings are now available here.