Magic Mountain Saloon
If Boney is the university-aged, skinny-jean wearing younger sibling, Magic Mountain is the graduated young professional; wearing a shirt, but with the sleeves casually rolled up. It’s a little more grown up, but still up for a good time.
Headed by Camillo Ippoliti and chef Karen Batson, Magic Mountain is an early-morning to late-night bar and eatery on Little Collins Street, next door to the aforementioned Boney.
It’s a fun concept – a neon-lit, three-level venue (with a DJ often spinning tunes in the mezzanine) you can climb to the summit. Like the duo’s previous ventures, the menu is bold and creative Thai – salty, spicy, sweet bursts of flavour that begs for a cold drink in hand. Lunch and dinner menu prices are much less Colonel Tan’s and Boney, and more in line with Cookie, with many of the grill and curry mains creeping over the $30 mark.
There’s a good selection of beers on tap, plus an entire page dedicated to spritzers – which will go down especially well on the balcony on a warm night. A gold star for the considered and interesting non-alcoholic drinks section – for those who aren’t drinking but aren’t happy being stuck with post-mix either.
Instead of poached eggs, at breakfast time you’ll find dishes such as sticky pork and shrimp rice, and sweet plates featuring elements of pandan, coconut and grilled banana. The morning menu comes with a long list of fun cocktails, too, which makes eating breakfast in a bar feel a little more natural.
If you’re feeling game on a weekend, try this: stick around until closing time (3am), amble two steps over to Boney until that closes (7am), then stumble back over to Magic Mountain for breakfast.