Booked in for a late-night MIFF session? Your night doesn’t have to end when the credits roll. These evening hot spots will host you and your friends for all the Margaret and David re-enactments you like. (RIP At the Movies – you are forever missed.)
If the popcorn and choc-tops didn’t satisfy you, head on over to Meatmaiden to cure your post-film hunger. The team there isn’t messing around. They take their meats very seriously, offering up cuts from the smoker and grill that have been dry-aged for 40 days. They also have an impressive bourbon offering alongside local and American craft beers on tap.
If you’re a fan of gore, catch a late-night screening of He Never Died, a blood-soaked horror flick that’ll give you more than your share of gruesome. In fact, maybe eat first, you might lose your appetite after this one.
Need to unwind after a gripping drama? Cookie’s impressive drinks list of more than 200 beers and an 88-page wine list is a calming distraction. The kitchen is open late, serving up modern Thai cuisine on its iconic rose-pattern plastic plates: a great spot to relax and indulge.
“Polepole” is the Swahili expression for “go slowly”, the perfect MO for your late-night, post-flick critique. This East African-inspired bar is known for its beer, beats and ribs. Better yet, through each sale of its African beers and ciders, Polepole supports YGAP and Women for Women in Africa, giving you the opportunity to simultaneously drink beer and do good. Take your time, go slow and fuel your inner film critic with a barbeque rib or 10.
For those of you coming from Tyke Elephant Outlaw, the story of a cruelly treated circus elephant who makes a break for independence, The Carlton has a giant stuffed elephant for you to hug, which might cheer you up. Combining dive-bar grunge with flamboyantly aristocratic taxidermy, it’s the perfect setting for a late-night drink with friends (though if you go on Friday or Saturday you might want to leave your film analysis until breakfast and embrace the dance floor).
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