Walk through the unmarked entrance and descend the stairs into Melbourne’s newest – and perhaps most discreet – bar, Arlechin. From the Grossi family (of award-winning restaurants such as Florentino, Osteria Francescana and Rosetta), this subterranean spot is all about enjoying great company in a relaxed atmosphere.
Whether you’re after an intimate evening for two or a night out with friends, Arlechin has something special to offer. Settle into one of the low armchairs or couches and order from the concise but well-curated drinks list, which includes everything from classic cocktails to Australian wines. With no sign on the door, Arlechin is easy to miss…
This hidden Melbourne bar is located down an alleyway and is only accessible through a password. But it`s worth finding – the cocktails are delicious and the atmosphere is cosy and fun. The family that owns Arlechin has taken care of all the details, from the compost-glass crushing garage to the beautiful street art installation in the entrance.
This bar feels like an art installation slash wine cellar slash restaurant slash bar in the heart of Melbourne. Owned and operated by the Grossi Florentino family (of famed Italian restaurant Grossi Florentino), this unique space is dedicated to Mike Maka, an artist known as Makatron.
With a focus on sustainability, the Arlechin team has built a compost-glass crushing garage right in the heart of the space. This allows them to recycle glass and turn it into beautiful pieces of art. The 40-seat venue has a low, concave cork roof that gives it a slightly subterranean ambiance. It’s lit like an old European wine cellar with overhead spotlights that cast ominous shadows.
The menu includes classics like the Champagne Julep and Jungle Bird, as well as original creations like the Imperial Special and Half Way. With its decadent silver fruit bowl and rows of brilliantly illuminated liquor bottles.
The Arlechin menu offers a concise list of bar snacks including bolognaise jaffles, duck liver parfait, oysters and the aglio olio-style Midnight Spaghetti. There is also a great selection of desserts including tiramisu ice-cream pops and tortelli dolci with lemon and custard. The food is overseen by Guy Grossi and head chef Fabrizio Amenta, so you know it`s going to be good!