BYRDI is a Melbourne bar that takes its inspiration from the local environment, serving drinks that reflect the unique flavour of Victoria Australia. From native fruits to indigenous spices, BYRDI has something for everyone. Located at 211 La Trobe Street in Melbourne and open 7 days a week.
Byrdi is the newest kid on the Melbourne cocktail bar block, brought to you by Luke Whearty and Aki Nishikura, the couple behind celebrated Singapore bar Operation Dagger – so lauded for its innovative techniques it reached 23 on The World’s 50 Best Bars list in 2018. Byrdi is all about playful, inventive cocktails served up in a fun and informal setting – think irreverently named drinks like ‘The I-Feel-Pretty’ (vodka, peach liqueur, Lillet Blanc, lemon) and ‘You Had Me At Aloha’ (bourbon, pineapple juice, falernum syrup).
The dishes are inspired by the flavours of Asia and use ingredients sourced from within 100km of the restaurant. You can choose between grilled prawns with garlic butter and finger lime cooked on a hibachi grill; flatbread topped with mixed herbs and seeds, smoked yoghurt and fermented chilli oil; tempura salt-and-vinegar green beans; or charred asparagus with salted egg yolk. There’s also cheese – maybe Riverine Blue with Yarra Valley honeycomb – selected by fromage-maven Anthony Femia of Maker & Monger.
With a playful approach to their cocktail drink menu, offering drinks that are arrive fermented, smoked, reconstituted, centrifuged or a combination of the above. In a drink called Now & Then, last spring’s fermented berries are combined with a sort-of “wine” made from new-season yellow wattle.
Guests can pick up Byrdi’s bottled cocktails – a Lamington Negroni or a Bee Pollen Old-Fashioned – at Blackhearts & Sparrows. So if you’re looking for something different and want to have some fun with your cocktails
Offering a modern Australian menu that takes cues from the city’s melting pot of cultures, BYRDI bar is perfect for those who want to explore the city’s diverse flavours. From crispy chicken saltimbocca with prosciutto and sage to slow cooked lamb shank with creamy mashed potatoes, there’s something on the menu for everyone. And don’t forget to save room for dessert – the sticky date pudding is not to be missed!