The Corner Hotel is an iconic live music destination and has been a social hub for musically inclined Melbournians since 1995. The venue has expanded its offerings, now dishing up quality food and drinks in the newly renovated rooftop space.
The renovation marks the venue’s 20th anniversary and combines an indoor dining area, outdoor courtyard and private function spaces. The flexible layout features an outdoor kitchen and barbecue, with views of the city.
Alongside the fresh look, there’s an impressive new sharing menu designed by head chef, Shannon Rice. The menu takes inspiration from classic pub grub, and while you’ll find comforting counter meals such as the chicken parma and fish and chips, the food is influenced by Asian and Middle Eastern flavours and is served with a modern twist.
Start off with a selection of small dishes to share. Opt for the codfish shanty fritters with burnt lemon mayo and try the warm pretzel with melted beer cheese.
Move onto mains and ensure you have a couple of buddies to share with. Try the whole roasted eggplant with pomegranate molasses and house-made flatbread, or the whole Korean fried chicken with kimchi, pickled cucumber and Kewpie mayo.
Vegetarians will be well pleased with what’s on offer, including fresh and fulfilling salads made with beetroot, blue lentils and goat’s cheese, or broccoli, avocado and smoked almonds.
Alongside a selection of tap beers, the wine list has also been rejuvenated. With everything from prosecco to malbec, there’s something to please everyone.
The venue’s music focus is no less important with the changes, as DJs will take to the rooftop to keep the place in full swing. Acoustic acts will continue in the beloved band room downstairs.
You don’t need tickets to a gig in order to enjoy a night out at The Corner – it’s a please-all venue for music lovers and foodies alike.
Words by Allyse Wafer