First Floor, 46 Hardware Lane, Melbourne. t: +61 3 9600 2142
Climb the narrow flight of stairs up from the red brick lane to enter the saloon. A room that is at once spacious, open and rambling, one side lined by a wall of windows, the other a splendid bar of long fluted zinc; counterpoint to the perfectly proportioned, intimate beauty of its little brother downstairs.
Spanning the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, French Saloon borrows from the decadence and familiarity of the Parisian bar & bistro, while finding common ground with the enjoyment of raucous company and a sense of mischief. Start with Champagne and caviar at the bar, progress with steak tartare and bottles of Burgundy. A dining room to some, a bar for well-made cocktails and snacks for others – above all, a room for good fun and a party.
Salon de Thè
Secluded from the more boisterous Saloon Bar next door, the Salon de Thè is a refined, handsome first floor private dining room. From a corner vantage overlooking Hardware Lane, long iron-framed windows flood the space with natural light. Weathered, original floorboards, elegant wall panelling and a delicate, cut glass chandelier contrast against a magnificent timber table set with bentwood chairs.
KIRK’S WINE BAR
46 Hardware Lane, Melbourne. t: +61 3 9600 4550
Much like its big sister City Wine Shop, Kirk’s embodies the essence of the classic wine bars of Europe – with excellent casual dining, sharp service and a cracker wine list.
It’s the kind of place you can just as easily stop by at for an early-morning espresso en route to work, or a well earned aperitif and sneaky plate of oysters or cheese at the end of the day.
“It’s a small space but the charming, lived-in aesthetic, warm service and undeniable buzz are sure to put you at ease from the get-go. What we really love is that, much like its sister venues, Kirk’s effortlessly manages the right balance between new-world informality and old-world sophistication”. Broadsheet Melbourne
Planning a function or special group dinner? Kirk’s twelve-seater underground wine cellar offers private dining with a difference.
Just a step off Little Bourke Street, at the corner of Hardware Lane, you will find Kirk’s Cellar. Its facade of wavy white iron work, brightly coloured glass & timber bench seats welcome you in off the busy footpath outside. Over the threshold, interiors of warm wood panelling and red leather barstools are the perfect spot to perch yourself for a quiet drink.