37 – 41 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC
03 9639 4944
Finally, Melbourne’s CBD has a venue dedicated to the fabulous women who help to make Australia’s hospitality and winemaking the thriving industry that it is today.
Juliet Melbourne has moved into Little Bourke Street beneath Punch Lane, showcasing a carefully curated menu that champions female winemakers, spirit makers and hospitality buffs from across the country.
Named after a throwback to 1870 Melbourne’s Romeo Lane and Juliet Terrace, which were the centrepiece of Melbourne’s red light district, Juliet Melbourne is an ode to the city’s history. It has, however, taken more of an upmarket stance than its 1800s counterpart, in keeping with its older sibling and restaurant upstairs. Juliet is the ideal place to stop by for a drink before popping up for your dinner reservation at Punch Lane or heading off for a night at the theatre.
“Our goal is to showcase the dedication of these female leaders by creating a menu where you can sample and learn about an array of local and international female-created products,” said the owner, Martin Pirc.
The menu features a range of celebrated winemakers, such as Corrina Wright from McLaren Vale. Cocktails are also in abundance with fresh flavours and new concoctions, as well as innovative takes on old classics. Expect to see tipples such as the tequila old fashioned with reposado tequila, agave, grapefruit and chocolate bitters, or something a little more floral like the Aviation, a gin-based drink seasoned with maraschino liqueur, crème de violette and lemon.
Juliet’s menu boasts an array of share plates, with the option of South Australian sardines served with herbed remoulade or zucchinis stuffed with soffrito, parmesan, spiced sugo and truffle pecorino, and even delicious antipasto, cheese and charcuterie boards to enjoy.
One step inside, you’ll feel right at home among the rare bottles that line the walls, luscious couches to sink into and hand-blown chandeliers that add a bit of luxury to this cutting-edge venue. Just look for the pink neon sign and listen for the hum of happy guests and you’ll know you’re in the right place.