It’s in the Trunk…

Posted by on May 14, 2011 in Bars, Dining | 0 comments

It’s in the Trunk…

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Melbourne just has an ability to host some very cool bars. The kind that seem hard to imagine a time when they weren’t there. And Trunk is a great example of this, located on Exhibition and Little Lonsdale, it occupies an old synagogue and grounds in such a natural way I am surprised that a few years ago it was instead an Italian restaurant. While Italian is still all over the menu this place feels more bar than dining.

It’s one of those places I wouldn’t go out for dinner to but have often had dinner there. It just works and flows perfectly to move from drinks to taste some of the amazing food.

Trunk is sectioned very naturally into a few different areas to while away the hours, catch up with friends and often on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night to make new ones. The entry courtyard has a number of low tables with gas lamps and umbrellas that on a warm or cold (dry) night are so inviting as you sit under the fairy lights (always a favorite of mine) and people watch. Inside is is all about the high ceilings and the bar that runs one length of the room.


You then flow out into a side lane way with more seats a little quieter then the front courtyard and into the outdoor but enclosed diner that I hear now serves breakfast.

Inside there are two great private dining rooms that carry on the effortless cool this place manages off the cuff. The bar staff here are friendly even when it’s packed and will help you find a new or favorite drink.

The menu has a full range but the pizzas and few appetizers perfect for sharing make it easy to switch plans for moving on and stay under the fairy lights trading stories.


On a side note they are also fine with dogs in the courtyard so it’s great to have somewhere in the summer I can meet friends and bring Binky.
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