Step into a world of creative cocktails and music programming at Curious Melbourne Bar. Blending music, creative concoctions and a menu of small bites and sharing plates, Curious is designed for an all-night experience.
Down a hidden staircase, in the subterranean depths of Melbourne’s W Hotel, you’ll find Curious – an intimate cocktail bar that takes its cues from the 1920s prohibition era. With its moody lighting, eclectic mix of clocks on the wall and live jazz band, it’s the perfect place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The drinks menu is packed with delicious cocktails made with premium spirits, fresh juices and house-made syrups.
The walls and ceiling are blanketed in dark-timber beams, creating an intimate cocoon-like feel. Open Tuesday to Saturday Nights, Curious is a seated curated cocktail bar experience with DJ’s playing Wednesday from 7PM and Thursday to Saturday nights from 8PM.
Curated cocktails are designed to be enjoyed over conversation, so pull up a chair, take in the tunes and let the night unfold. Small bites and sharing plates offer the perfect accompaniment to your drink selection – choose from dishes such as crispy pork belly or salmon sashimi.
Top Aussie bartender Charlie Ainsbury, of indie spirits distributor Proof & Co, has crafted a cocktail list that draws on three distinct facets of Melbourne culture. That includes drinks inspired by coffee (the Ristretto is St Ali cold brew, cacao-butter vodka and nutmeg smoke encased in a bubble that bursts in your mouth), cocktails with Australian botanical ingredients (try the Wattleseed Margarita) and drinks designed to transport you around the world.
This quirky bar offers an impressive menu of inventive drinks and snacks that are sure to satisfy. The food menu is small but mighty, with dishes like a free-range pork katsu sando with coleslaw, tuna pizzetta with crème fraiche and truffle ponzu, grass-fed beef tartare with mustard su-miso, and an Italian take on the taco. So whether you’re looking for a light bite or something more substantial, curious has got you covered.