MELBOURNE | Morris House is the newest venue from Australian Venue Co. (“AVC”), and sees the historic 1924 Morris House, which was previously home to the European Bier Café, restored to make most of the building’s historic features. I was invited in to check out the new space.
Spread across four levels, Morris House is a big venue, with a capacity of 550 people. You’ll find an NYC-inspired comedy club in the basement, restaurant on the ground floor, pub above that, and a rooftop bar on the top. Each zone has a different feel about it – downstairs is the place for a slow meal, the pub is the place to grab a booth and watch some sports, while upstairs is where you go if you’re looking for live DJs and a more boisterous experience.
The menu differs depending on which level you’re on, but it’s broadly Aussie pub favourites and NYC-inspired bistro dishes. Think chicken parmigiana; mushroom and truffle risotto; spanner crab spaghetti; burgers, and steaks. It’s the sort of thing that’s AVC’s bread and butter. Solid takes on crowd pleasing dishes with twists here and there. Dietaries are well catered for, with plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
For drinks, it’s a similarly diverse and crowd pleasing selection on offer. House cocktails with a focus on agave spirits, local and international wines, and craft brews from the likes of Balter and Brooklyn Brewing on tap. There’s also several non-alc options for those looking to skip the booze.
This is a place that’s going to be popular with the post-work crowd and those looking for a rooftop drink and dance. It’s also a great choice if you’re looking for a pre or post-game feed. The Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct is a short 20 minute walk away.
120 Exhibition Street
Sun – Thu: 11:30am to 11:00pm
Fri – Sat: 1:30pm to 1:00am