The revival of Windsor is spreading north up Chapel Street – three exciting new bars have opened in short succession in Prahran.
Here’s what’s new and good.
Now they have launched Montereys, a nautical-themed seafood and cocktail bar in the old Osti site on Chapel Street.
Sit at the grand marble bar and snack on charcoal-grilled octopus, ceviche or buttery lobster rolls.
Rufus is really, really out of place on Greville Street. It’s hard to spot too (look for the solitary, Victorian-style street lamp). Upstairs, waiters are dressed in nice jackets and bow ties. Old jazz standards play quietly. You kind of expect to run into your parents.
But don’t worry about that. Sink deeper into the plush lounge. Order a Grasshopper (that’s an ’80s cocktail nobody makes anymore, with crème de menthe) and a Martini-glass full of strawberries and thick cream. A cigar would really complete the fantasy – oh wait, they have those too.
Prahran has plenty going for it – but for a long time it has been missing a really good hub for wine.
The owners of new drink-in bottle shop The Alps are well versed in the art of an excellent neighbourhood wine bar. They also collectively own Toorak Cellars and Milton Wine Shop in Malvern.
Snacks are limited but are essentially everything you need: cheese, charcuterie, gravlax.