Love and Dysfunction
Take a short walk from the bright lights of St Kilda’s Fitzroy and Acland streets to bask in the warm glow of Love and Dysfunction. The cocktail bar is named after a quote from TV show Will and Grace, and nods playfully to Grey Street's more clandestine nightlife. This is a venue that doesn't take itself too seriously – except when it comes to food and drinks.
Expect classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits and homemade syrups, craft beers and fine wines – all with friendly table service in a home-away-from-home environment. British owner Reg Ridealgh delights in showing off his collection of vintage glass and barware, collected while perfecting his cocktail skills at Gin Palace and Ra Cigar Bar inside Collins Quarter. His love of electro-swing music exemplifies the venue's knack for refreshing twists on classic themes.
The Dysfunctional Gimlet (Hendricks gin, lime and elderflower in an absinthe- rinsed glass) is perfect for passing warm nights in the intimate courtyard. In the colder months, seek refuge in the candlelit lounge area with a hot-buttered toffee rum. Here, modern Ottomans are posed next to Chesterfields and antique lamps.
Bound by carefully selected second-hand books, the grazing menu has contributions from nearby Fitzrovia and Dr Jekyll. The highlight, though, is the wild-mushroom arancini from local caterer, Charmian Dadley.