Bar Margaux, Melbourne CBD

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MELBOURNE | It’s only been open for ten weeks, but Bar Margaux, the newest venue from the folks behind Heartbreaker and The Everleigh, has already cemented its spot as one of Melbourne’s iconic bars. At the time of writing, in fact, it’s just been awarded the Good Food 2020 bar of the year award. You might wonder how a venue can be so highly regarded after such a short time, but it’s easy to tell once you’ve been there.

Hidden down a basement on Lonsdale Street, the bar has a French bistro meets prohibition era speakeasy vibe about it. Low lighting, chequered tiles, lots of wood and leather, booths and the like. There’s a great wine and cocktail list and a French inspired menu that’s available in full until midnight, and in condensed form until closing at 3am during the week and 5am on the weekend.

Unmistakable classic French dishes on the menu include things like onion soup, wonderfully garlic and butter laden escargot de bourgogne, and duck frites. There’s also French takes on other dishes, like the MGX Burger, which has already achieved legendary status amongst those in the know and is one of the best in Melbourne.

It’s a soft milk-brioche bun filled with two 80ish gram beef patties, oozing melted American cheese, bacon, and a classic French bordelaise (a dry red wine sauce with bone marrow, butter, shallots and sauce demi-glace). It’s all very indulgent, and very good. The burger was served with two 120g patties when Bar Margaux opened, but nobody was able to finish it as it was so indulgent. Even with the smaller patties, come hungry, or bring a friend to share it with.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, there’s things like tarte mousse au chocolat, crème brûlée and a soufflé du jour to keep you satisfied. The chocolate mousse tart is particularly delicious.

For drinks it’s French wines, along with local wines in the French style, imported beers on tap and in bottles, and classic cocktails. The oft forgotten Black Velvet offers a combination of Guinness and Champagne in a glass (it works), while the classic Tom Collins and its varieties are always a good idea.

Bar Margaux

Basement, 111 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne
Victoria 3000
Australia

Telephone: (03) 9650 0088
E-mail: [email protected]
Website

Open
Sun – Thu: 4:00pm to 3:00am
Fri – Sat: 4:00pm to 5:00am

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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