127 Brunswick Street
Inside 127 Brunswick Street is one of the most ambitious venues in Melbourne. It houses Ichi Ni Nana, headed by ex-Nobu chef, Razmy Gaffer. It’s a Japanese izakaya, breakfast diner and sushi bar that spans an enormous floor, outdoor deck (with a retractable roof), a basement and a mezzanine.
South East Asian restaurant and cocktail bar Village People is led by ex-Longrain chef Arte Assavakavinvong. It takes up the second floor and another courtyard area. At the top, there’s Upside Rooftop Bar, and anindoor-outdoor area with a DJ booth. Ichi Ni Nana and Village People serve a full dinner menu until 3am on weekends.
There’s a coffee window facing the street where you can grab a morning brew and sit on the footpath, or even get a Japanese beer or sake to go.
The depth of detail in the venue is staggering. Take the intricate, painted ceiling panelling above the coat check, or the four-person private dining booth inside an imported cable car from the 1997 Nagano Winter Olympics, which is fitted inside with its own sound system. Also look for a mural of the owners’ dogs, a French bulldog and British bulldog.
127 Brunswick Street is a lot to absorb, but that’s the idea. You can spend an entire evening in one venue, and still feel like you’ve been out bar hopping all night.
Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya Restaurant
Sun to Thu 7am till late
Fri & Sat 7am – 3am
Village People Hawker Food Hall
Mon to Thu 5pm till late
Fri & Sat 12pm – 3am
Sun 12pm – 11pm
Ichi Ni Nana Street Food Stall and Coffee Stop Window
Daily 7am to 4pm
Upside Rooftop Bar
Mon to Fri 5pm – late
Sat & Sun 12pm – late