Roaring Aussie electro-pop duo Peking Duk will take a stage dive into the hospitality market soon when they open Talk to Me, a new speakeasy-style cocktail bar and diner in South Yarra.

Bars and shops serving and selling alcohol illegally in America during the Prohibition-era became known as “speak-easies” as a nod to the practice of patrons talking quietly so as not to draw the attention of authorities. It’ll be interesting to see how the Peking Duk vibe – which includes electro anthems like High, Take Me Over and Stranger – will fit with this tradition.

Band members Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles announced the venture in June after one of their favourite haunts, Less Than Zero, was put on the market. The South Yarra spot was favoured by bartenders for its industry drink specials and reasonably late 3am license.

The pair enlisted the help of Sydney bar owner Steven Hiles, who also owns The Horse in Surry Hills – a crowd-pleasing pub with a solid range of craft beer and Australian spirits.

Chef James McCall will be leading the kitchen. His menu includes further riffs on speaking easy, with sections titled D&Ms, Quick Chat, and Cheesy One Liners. Some of the dishes sound as wild as a backstage prank. There’s Fernet-Branca “Duk” rillette with roast-pear compote and black-ash lavosh; cheeseburger dim sims with melted cheese sauce; and a Spam and cheese hotdog with ketchup, kimchi and mustard.

Talk to Me opens to the public on Friday November 16 at 153 Commercial Road, South Yarra.

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