The Blackhearts Club will be the official bar for the 65th Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) and opens Friday July 29 at the Forum Theatre on Flinders Street. For three wintery, film-filled weeks, the theatre will transform into a wine-and-food stop as well as a live piano bar.

Specialty wine shop Blackhearts & Sparrows has collaborated with Yarra Valley winemakers to produce two wines especially for MIFF: a Caesar’s Garden Pinot Gris, in a nod to the theatre’s faux twinkling Mediterranean skies, and an Eberson’s Shiraz, in honour of the theatre’s architect John Eberson. They’ll be available for you to try at The Blackhearts Club, all MIFF 2016 venues, and Blackhearts & Sparrows stores for a limited time.

A wider range of drinks will also be on hand, including Genovese coffee, Mornington Peninsula Brewery craft beer, and the official MIFF cocktail, Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz.

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Italian chain D.O.C. will be making convenient food packs you can either eat at the bar or take right into the cinema.

The Steinway & Sons grand piano will feature in the live performances, which includes a RRR live broadcast from the bar.

The Blackhearts Club will be open daily from Friday July 29 to Sunday August 14.

The Forum Theatre
[Corner of Flinders and Russell Streets]

Mon to Fri 5pm–late
Sat & Sun 12pm–late

Entry is free.

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