Just in case Gin Palace and Madame Brussels weren’t enough, the man behind it all, Vernon Chalker, also gave us Collins Quarter at the fancy end of Collins Street. It was a pretty nifty space when it first opened its doors a few years back, with a new-look internal courtyard and deceptive 19th century Victorian terrace entrance. But it’s stood the test of time, bringing in CBD crowds to wrack up hefty after-work bar tabs.
Comfortably worn in, there’s a champagne lounge if you’re feeling bubbly, or three other bar areas if you’re not. Fronted by Collins Pub as you enter, you can lounge at the wood-toned bar with a beer, sit pretty for hearty fare in the dining area or make your way through to the central Magnolia courtyard with its namesake tree. Continue on through to the modern Blind Alley Bar and you’ve covered the ground floor. For the cocktail hour head upstairs and see what the glass louvres are all about.
The gastropub menu is thoroughly thought-out by head chef Michael Nunn – and we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you the chicken liver parfait brings bar snacks back again, and again.
With its old-world charm giving onto modern glass and steel, it could never be accused of not having something for everyone.