PROVINCIAL HOTEL OPENS THE PROVINCIAL ROOFTOP
Brunswick Street’s iconic Provincial Hotel opens Provincial Rooftop. The Provincial Hotel has long been known as the ‘grand old dame’ of Brunswick Street and its new rooftop is a hidden gem; an eclectic cohesion of comfortable furniture (think vintage patio), rambling vines and dilapidated beauty.
Located in the heart of Brunswick Street, the Provincial Hotel’s new Provincial Rooftop is set to open to the public on Friday, 15th September. The bar offering is uncomplicated with 10 cold beers on tap, a selection of local and international wines by the glass and cool cocktails with a dash of sass including ‘Dance with the Devil’ – rich, dark and slightly bitter undertone with vanilla, caramel and butterscotch notes, ‘Pina Colada 2.5’ – classic Pina Colada served “The Prov Way” and ‘You’re Punching, Mate’ – a fruit punch throwing quick-pickled watermelon, pomegranate, mint and citrus flavours at each other. Guests can enjoy a relaxed, eat-with-your-hands style menu including burgers ‘The Johnson Jamma’ – fried chicken, onion jam, cheese and bacon crispies, ‘The Brunswick’ – mac patty, cheese and cheese Doritos and ‘The Sticky Smith Street’ – sticky pork, battered sausage and pickles. With spring around the corner, The Provincial Rooftop is set to be the ultimate hangout for relaxed, fun times in the heartland of the North side.
Provincial Rooftop is located at 299 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.
The rooftop is open 7 days, Sun – Thurs from 12PM – 12AM and Fri – Sat from 12PM – 1AM
BEN & JERRY LAUNCH CEREAL SPLASHBACK FLAVOURS
Australian ice cream lovers are about to be taken on the trip of a lifetime – back to their carefree childhood – thanks to Ben & Jerry’s exciting new nostalgic flavours. As spring arrives and the temperature begins to rise, the two flavours, which form part of the Cereal Splashback range, will encourage Aussies to let their inner child run wild!
Ben & Jerry’s Cereal Splashback flavours are inspired by the tasty sweet milk at the bottom of the cereal bowl and are packed with crispy cereal swirls. The flavours bring to life those memorable magic mornings in your pyjamas eating a milk-splashed bowl of treats, creating a cereal-ously delicious blast from the past – with a frozen twist!
Cocoa Loco will be a real treat for the chocolate aficionados who managed to sneak chocolate-flavoured cereal into the grocery trolley. Featuring mouth-watering ice cream with chocolate cereal chunks, this flavour flashback will leave ice cream lovers instinctively reaching for their school bag.
Frozen Flakes is just the ticket down memory lane for those who started every day with a bowl full of crunchy cereal. A scoop (or more!) of this crowd-pleasing fusion of velvety ice cream with frosty cereal swirls, is sure to go down a treat at any time of the day.
Ben & Jerry’s Cereal Splashback is the latest flavour innovation from the legen-dairy super-premium ice cream brand that is continuing its mission to bring unique taste experiences to life. Cocoa Loco and Frozen Flakes are available in all Australian and New Zealand Scoop Stores now.
JULIET MELBOURNE – A BAR WHERE THE FOCUS IS ON WOMEN IN WINEMAKING
Tucked away beneath Melbourne institution, Punch Lane, is Juliet Melbourne, a semi-hidden basement venue that’s new but feels as if it’s been there forever. A pink neon lures drinkers and diners in from the street, down the stairs and past the signature
red lantern into a welcoming space that caters for up to 100 guests (70 sit-down). Bottles line the walls – and this is as practical as it is decorative for wine is a big focus here – and the carefully curated menu champions female winemakers, spirit-makers and producers. Bespoke, hand blown chandeliers add warmth to the space and guests can sink into Danish chairs and couches, a comfortable place to while away the hours.
Currently highlighted is maker Corrina Wright from McLaren Vale, who has four wines on the list under the label Oliver’s Taranga, each made from grapes from her family’s longstanding vineyard.
“The hospitality industry is one where women often do not receive the recognition they deserve. Our goal is to showcase their hard work and evolve our menu over time so those who visit Juliet will get to sample and learn about an array of local and international female-created products, and – if they get their timing right – maybe even meet the maker,” says owner, Martin Pirc.
Cocktails are a focus too, popular choices are the delicate and fresh-flavoured Elderflower Vespa– white light vodka, cocchi americano, St Germain elderflower, orange and lemon, and Juliet’s take on an Old Fashioned, with Espolon Reposado tequila, agave, chocolate bitters and grapefruit.
The menu, by chef Gabriel Alonso focuses on sharing and is designed to complement the drinks offering. The series of small plates with big flavours includes South Australian pan-fried sardines with a herbed remoulade; vitello tonnato with anchovies, fermented black garlic, quail eggs and olives; soffrito, caciocavallo and parmesan stuffed zucchinis finished with truffle pecorino. The dry age meat cabinet is something Gabriel has been treating the guest to on demand.
Naturally, cheese is an important part of the offering and is led by the king of cheese, a signature raclette, that’s melted and freshly shaved at the table.
Pirc’s aim was to create a considered space that as well as being holding bar for his busy restaurant, Punch Lane, will become a destination in its own right and most importantly be able to be curated to suit the client for a wide range of private events such as for book readings, birthday parties, jazz events and functions of all persuasions: a uniquely Melbourne space.
There is a lot in a name and those who enquire will stumble upon a fascinating piece of laneway history. Juliet Melbourne throws back to the 1870’s when Romeo Lane and Juliet Terrace were notorious for being one of Melbourne’s first ‘red light districts’, home to ladies and men of the night. Both streets have since been renamed (Crossley and Liverpool Street) so the venue ensures this piece of history won’t be forgotten.
Bookings can be made for groups of eight or more and the venue is open from Thursday –Saturday, from 5pm to late, while also available for hire in its entirety at other times.
Juliet Melbourne, Basement 37-41 Little Bourke Street Melbourne