Chapel Street isn’t just about cheap pizzas and vodka anymore. Welcome the new world of tequila, dumplings and tiki drinks
Once the epicentre for mini skirts, fake tans, hair extensions and binge drinking, Chapel Street has a wealth of exciting new restaurants and bars. Our bar crawl will start you off on the Windsor end and work you all the way up to South Yarra.
Martini or a tequila-based Manhattan while getting better acquainted with their pig ear schnitzel to insure a kick start to your evening. There’s also an eclectic selection of international beers to get your thirst going. Windsor.
Kid Boston’s younger sibling comes in the guise of a shoddy sandwich shop. Walk through their cool room door to discover a new world of barrel-aged Manhattans, Negronis and eye-watering tiki drinks that may or may not be on fire. Feeling peckish? Get your hands dirty with a serve of poutine. Windsor.
It’s over a decade old and still the go-to venue for vodka lovers. They’re bringing you vodka made from different grains and potatoes, infused with grasses, angelica and aged in oak. Need something dumpling-like to soak up the spirits? If you don’t go for the pierogi, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Windsor.
It’s another American-themed bar, but this one has a southern and western charm to it. The focus is on small-batch spirits from the US, but this saloon also slings a mean cocktail. Be careful: the bartenders will easily convince you to join them in a whisky and tequila tasting. Yeehaw! Prahran.
David Zhou of David’s Restaurant and Oriental Teahouse brings Asian craft beers, a respectable wine list and sake to Chapel Street. Food comes straight out of the teahouse’s kitchen, so expect some very smart dim sum to join you on your stop. South Yarra.
Finish your night on shots of Jack washed down with tinnies of Melbourne Bitter. Soak up some of that booze with a humble chip buttie. Need something more substantial? There’s a platter of kranskys with your name on it. South Yarra.