Bar Lourinha

As intimate and classy as a Parkinson interview, this place is a winner when you need to show off

If you need a date to go well, you need to go to Bar Lourinha. It’s fail-safe, even if you suffer from personality defects and rock a Canadian tuxedo (that’s double denim to youse). They’re too busy for bookings, but you can canoodle under the coat rack while you wait.

Order a ‘Stolen Town Bike’ cocktail (Frangelico, pomegranate, gin and rose water), and the kingfish ‘pancetta’ with lemon oil, thyme and onion, and you’ll have a rip-snorting good time – even if you’re by yourself. (Rumour has it that they go through litres of the oil a week, despite using just a drizzle per plate.)

The rest of the tapas and wine menu is the progeny of chef Matt McConnell’s promiscuous food affair with most of Europe. With so many influences the menu changes regularly, but if you can, get the sweet, roasted heirloom carrots and goat’s curd, or buttery, bliss-inducing wagyu. And of course there are the daily specials. When the kitchen team is this strong, it’s always worth taking the gamble, even on what could be a first-time crack at a dish, but compared to the tried-and-true menu they do occasionally miss the mark – paella sans crust is only OK if you don’t call it paella, even if it does sound better than shellfish fried rice.

If you are on a date, the consistently busy environment and switched on staff are stimulating enough to get you through almost any awkward conversational silences. Plus, the bar seating arrangement is so cosy that if things do go belly up, you can always pretend you’re on someone else’s date. You’ll need four to five dishes (starting at $16 each) for two people, so with drinks, it’s no cheap option, but what the hell - it proves you’re not stingy.

Group dinners:
Did you know about the chapel-themed dining room above the bar? You do now. Get Matt McConnell’s kingfish pancetta and pan-European tapas as a banquet, or a sit-down degustation. Numbers: 15-25. $60-$110pp.

Sign up to our monthly food & drink newsletter

First published on . Updated on .

By Gemima Cody   |  

Bar Lourinha details

Address
37 Little Collins St

Melbourne 3000

Telephone 03 9663 7890

Price per person including drinks from $50.00 to $100.00

Open Mon-Thu 12 noon-11pm; Fri 12 noon-1am; Sat 4pm-1am

Bar Lourinha website

Melbourne area guide

Restaurants near Bar Lourinha

Lupino

12m - Eggplant melanzane? Foil butter sachets? Unapologetically old school with...

San Telmo

66m - Giddy up, meat fans. San Telmo has ridden into town like an Argentinean...

Senoritas

70m - Nomad Projects’ owner Ricardo Amare claims to be doing Melbourne’s most...

Bars & pubs near Bar Lourinha

Lily Blacks

63m - Lily Blacks is the CBD’s favourite free-wheelin’ Art Deco cocktail bar,...

Meyers Place Bar

80m - Nestled down one of Melbourne's most oldest laneways, Meyers Place is one of...

Loop Project Space & Bar

89m - Loop is an independent arts project space and bar located in Meyers Place in...

Other venues near Bar Lourinha

Sheraton Melbourne Hotel

19m - The Sheraton Melbourne Hotel is home to a function room for events of up to...

Swensk

104m - Photos: Peter Tarasiuk Here you'll find racks ripe with the hippest...

Hotel Windsor

107m - Before you even enter this 1883 grand dame, you know you’ve stumbled upon...

Readers' comments, reviews, hints and pictures

Community guidelines

blog comments powered by Disqus
 


© 2007 - 2014 Time Out Group Ltd. All rights reserved. All material on this site is © Time Out.