Seamstress Restaurant and bar is one of the best Melbourne bars and is located on the fringes of Chinatown. It serves as a perfect blend of Asian and western flavours.
This restaurant serves a robust Asian fusion menu for those looking for a new culinary experience or unique take on Asian cuisine. Located in an industrial building dating back to 1896, Seamstress also sports a cocktail bar, basement bar, and café.
Seamstress Melbourne Cocktail Bar – Address, Booking and Menu
Spread across 4 levels, you’ll never be bored with the eclectic setup of this Chinatown gem.
Every level is designed to honour the buildings rich history. From a former textile factory, a 1930s sweatshop, and brothel to a Buddhist monastery, this historical enclave provides stimulating reminders for all it’s clientele.
You can find Seamstress at 113 Lonsdale Street (3 minutes walk away from Parliament Station).
Drystore Espresso Cafe
Drystore Espresso Cafe is Seamstresses’ answer to your inner city craving for delicious coffee.
Now you can enjoy a coffee in what was once the Drystore area of the Seamstress kitchen.
If you’re coming here with a group of friends, make sure to snap some pictures for the gram, as you’ll find cheongsams and silk fabric hanging by the open-face industrial-era brick wall.
While you’re observing the amazing juxtaposition of interior design, you’ll also get to enjoy the Naked espresso coffee beans being served: Melbourne’s very own specialty brand of boutique coffee beans.
Drystore Espresso Cafe is open every Monday – Friday, from 7am until 4pm.
Melbourne Chinatown’s Prohibition-Era Cocktail Bar
Drystore Espresso is the gateway to the rest of the Seamstress experience. As you move to the top of the staircase, you’ll find a prohibition-era cocktail bar waiting for you.
You’re still able to find the signature cheongsams and silk fabric hanging by the ceiling, but this time a bar counter and comfortable wooden furniture has also taken over this space.
After that, proceed with another classic featuring London Dry Gin. Seamstress doesn’t need to pair this spirit with anything fancy but instead adds a myriad of fruity flavours. Sip on the London Calling and find yourself on your best night yet.
For those who are celebrating with friends, there’s the Champagne Daisy. Party in style like Gatsby with this bubbly concoction of Armagnac brandy, orange liquor and raspberry syrup!
But hold on, that’s not all that’s available at this cocktail bar! Seamstress adds another exclusive offering to those who venture into their Level 2 enclave, and that’s their light dinner menu.
Anyone who digs bar bites or is familiar with Asian cuisine will love everything on its menu. The light dinner menu serves a selection of international Asian comfort food that will keep you wanting more.
Some highlights include the slow cooked short rib slider with pickled cabbage okonomomi sauce, crispy brussel sprouts with lemon, togarashi and white miso, and the softshell crab slider with Asian slaw & wasabi mayo.
Dining Room – A Beautifully Woven Tapestry of Flavours
If you thought seamstress is just another fancy Melbourne cocktail bar, then you’re wrong.The Dining Room is the continued expression of what the team at Seamstress has to offer with asian cuisine.
Enter the Dining Room and you’ll get a mouthwatering experience from what is simply called “ The Seamstress Collection”.
The intimate setting can fit up to 50 people, and features simple wooden dining furniture, off-white leather seats, with a massive hanging canopy of fabric covering the entire floor.
Don’t worry, you can still bring your date here and impress them with the subtle details of vintage singer sewing machines and floral arrangements scattered throughout the space!
The A La Carte menu comes in 3 different sizes of small, medium, large (a fun clothing store reference.)
Foodies will also get an amazing opportunity to try out all the dishes that Seamstress has to offer through the Banquet Menu.
Asian Fusion Meals Straight to your Home
Not feeling social but also craving the delicious menu from the chefs at Seamstress Restaurant & Bar? No problem!
You can now order take-out online and enjoy specific menu items that you’ve been missing out on!
Proceed with your romantic date night at home with their Date Night Special. This package will get you 2 small, 2 large, 3 side dishes, and 2 desserts together with 2 cocktails of your choice. Dine-in with style as you’ll also receive 2 coupette glasses along with your food!
But what about those who like spending time in the kitchen? Seamstress has put together D.I.Y. kits for home chefs with an appetite for Asian fusion flavours.
Order one of these D.I.Y kits now and you’ll have your home smelling like the Seamstress Dining Room in less than 30 minutes.
Patrons will be pleased to discover that the D.I.Y kits feature a range of exclusive dishes. Put together the Sichuan spiced shoulder lamb or the Baked Snapper in Lotus Leaf all on your own and impress your friends with a Seamtress-themed dinner party!
Book your next special function at the Seamstress building. Whether it’s a wedding dinner, birthday celebration, or corporate event, you’ll have a fully personalized experience that can accommodate up to 120 guests.
Imagine a stand-up cocktail-style event in an old industrial building with colorful fabrics dazzlingly arranged across the ceiling. This is the occasion when you can also order from the special canapes menu.
Booking inquiries can be made online on Seamstresses’ website.