When I originally wrote about Bar Americano in June this year it was in it’s opening days. Would it work? A tiny tiny lil bar tucked down the kind of alley you are unlikely to stumble down? The answer from Melbourne has been a resounding yes!
With imaginative and delicious cocktails this place is almost impossible to get in some evenings (and can have good coffee rushes during the day too). Have you been yet?
The SnapBack from June 17th, 2011…
But I don’t mind stopping there for a drink. Bar Americano, younger sibling to Der Raum, opened very discreetly last night, no announcements and no gala opening night – I found out via a single line random tweet. They opened on the Thursday evening to serve cocktails to those in the know (by the time I read the tweet I had my PJs on and couldn’t bear to brave the cold – feel free to call me a wimp).
I must admit I have been stalking Bar Americano for several weeks now: cruising (Lt) Collins; hopping Howie; perusing Presgrave. Originally set to open in May, CJ and I have often stopped by and have kept both ears open for updates in the hopes we might actually be part of the ITK (in the know) crowd when it swung open its doors. Thus this morning we made the time to head down and grab a coffee.
Presgrave Place, home to this new addition, is perhaps one of those offshoot alleys you might never ramble down but filled as it is with random framed paintings and other oddities – it’s worth the look. When we arrived the remarkably intimate (you may choose to insert the word ‘small’ here) venue, the team was still in the process of putting up the menu and settling into being open.
Now interestingly enough, this bar has a no photography policy (so let’s not ask how these photos appear here shall we? But to those in the know – thanks!) but is eminently worthy of photos. It’s all white tiles, wooden ledge, no seating and a sense of inner cool. We ordered our coffee (was devastated that they simply don’t do soy) chatted with the two baristas (both lovely) and fell in love with that feeling of being in an Italian espresso bar tucked into the heart of my beloved city.
Our coffees – cappuccino and latte – were both well rounded with no hint of burnt, and we happily sipped on our way back. One of the darling features (and it was darling) was the mini loose mints on offer – while we didn’t grab one, we in perfect hindsight realized it would have been a good idea and is a nice touch.
I hope to head back one evening very very soon for cocktails and nibbles and am excited that they are stocking Burch and Purchase cakes as they are very much on my to-visit list. Drinks here will be all the buzz in the coming weeks and I can easily see queues forming regularly. So if you see a forlorn looking melbourniangirl in the queue instead of snuggly inside be sure to say hi!