Overlook is the Astor Theatre’s (Windsor’s 80-year-old single-screen cinema and Art Deco treasure) nifty adjoining cafe and bar. The black-and-white photo of Jack Nicholson at the ’20s party from The Shining hangs above the bar.
The site was the Astor’s original sweet shop in the 1930s. Then it was a laundromat for 30 years until the Astor bought it back in February 2017.
Overlook does coffee, Baking Bad cupcakes (vegan), Harrow & Eton pies and Doughboys Doughnuts. There’s cheese from Milk the Cow and charcuterie from D.O.C. as well. There are also good Australian spirits behind the bar – Starward Whisky, Four Pillars gin, Melbourne Moonshine and The Everleigh’s bottled cocktails.
The bar is called “Overlook” because, like the famous hotel from The Shining, the historic cinema has an ethereal, transcendent quality like it’s always been there.