MELBOURNE | Madame Brussels is one of the stalwarts of Melbourne’s bar scene, and is still a favourite today. Located on a Bourke Street rooftop, and inspired by 19th century city brothel owner and entrepreneur, Caroline “Madame Brussels” Baum. The bar recreates a quirky English summer garden party atmosphere. Think astro turf, tennis outfits, lattice, and lots of pastel. It’s as fun as it sounds.
The drinks menu is all about cocktail jugs, with cheeky names like “Madame’s Fruity Double D Cups”, and “The Dirty Chai”. The “Gin Garden”, with London dry gin, fresh cucumber and elderflower cordial, apple juice and soda, is particularly great on a warm summer’s evening. If you don’t want a jug you can also get single cocktails, and a full assortment of the classics. There’s also a quality local and international wine list, and a small selection of beers.
If you’re hungry there’s a decent bar menu too. Think cheese and charcuterie plates, sandwiches, cupcakes, and chocolate fondue.
L3, 59 Bourke Street
Telephone: (03) 9662 2775
Sun – Mon: 12:00pm to 1:00am