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The newest addition to the bourgeoning dining and bar scene on Swan Street is Ugly Duckling. The Hecker Guthrie designed wine bar is the culmination of years of deliberation between David Abela (Founder of 3 Degrees Marketing) and Andrew Ryan (Managing Director of Mitchelton Wines and Director of Melbourne Pub Group) and more recently, Daniel Vid, who has been a business and operations manager to some of Melbourne’s most respected hospitality venues.

Located at 238 Swan Street, the former site of Melbourne’s first department store Balls Corner, The Ugly Duckling reflects a high-end residential living space with an intimate, yet sophisticated design aesthetic. Inspiration was drawn from the owners’ love of entertaining and design; the space a natural extension of their private homes.

The charming, light-filled rear seating area features a large, central glass atrium, an original heritage listed feature of the building. Combined with black framed Raphia chairs nestled under trees, the restrained palette of colour and material creates the feeling of being outside. This makes for a soft distinction from the dark, mood-lit feel at the entrance, where the monolithic bar takes centre stage.

Featuring a specially curated wine list, custom cocktails and neat pours, The Ugly Duckling showcases a selection of the finest local and international beverages. Supported by an experienced sommelier and Nick Selvadurai, the 2015 Asia Pacific Belvedere Cocktail Challenge champion, guests will no doubt enjoy the knowledge and experience the bar team offers. As an accompaniment, guests can enjoy a selection of antipasto style food including warm olives, charcuterie, cheese boards and chocolate.

The Ugly Duckling
238 Swan Street, Richmond VIC 3121 



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Melbourne-made company, Remedy Kombucha, is reviving an age-old tradition and encouraging Australians to love their guts with a range of sparkling, live cultured drinks that are not only incredibly good for you, they taste delicious too.

Put simply, kombucha (“kom-boo-cha”) is a tea-based drink, made through a fermentation process involving a natural culture known as ‘the mother’. The process results in the production of healthy, living bacteria known as probiotics, which are great for your gut, aid digestion and are widely believed to have energising, detoxifying and healing properties.

Frustrated with the prevalence of unhealthy and overly processed foods and beverages on the market, Remedy Kombucha’s Co-Founders Sarah and Emmet Condon are pushing for change. After discovering, first-hand, the benefits of consuming fermented foods, the couple are now on a mission to share their knowledge with the masses and have channelled their passion into creating their own range of kombucha that can be enjoyed by all.

Committed to maintaining tradition, Remedy Kombucha is brewed in small batches, the old-fashioned way. Using whole, certified organic ingredients the kombucha is produced using a long-aged brewing process which results in beneficial bacteria and extra healthy yeasts that are good for the gut.

Remedy Kombucha can be enjoyed in three flavours; straight-up Original, the flowery, flirty and fiery Hibiscus Kiss, and Ginger Lemon, a classic with a twist.

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The highly anticipated technology that allows coffee-lovers to pay for their coffee with a quick, easy swipe of their coffee cup has launched in Melbourne!
CafePay has coveted partnerships with St Ali Coffee Roasters, Sensory Lab, Little Rogue and YGAP cafes including Feast Of Merit and Il Fornaio, with each venue launching the new system to their customers.
The system is set to roll out to another 100 cafes across Melbourne over the next month, meaning Melburnians can enjoy their cup of joe cash-free.
CafePay is a world-first technology that syncs with a users CafePay enabled reusable coffee cup and SmartPhone, allowing the user to upload credit directly to their cup, gift coffees to their friends and family, and receive rewards from their local cafes.
CafePay has no fees for customers and is free to download from the Google Play and App Store.
You can find CafePay technology in the CafePay enabled frank green Smart Cup.
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About The Author

Katherine Ng

Katherine is not your typical Beauty Editor. Finance consultant by day and beauty and fashion addict at all other times, Katherine spends her hard-earned money helping the Australian and international economy with her never ending pursuit of everything pretty. A keen traveller, Katherine still holds dear her Melbourne roots with an overflowing wardrobe filled with black clothes, shoes and handbags. Katherine also has a deep love of food and wine, and you can find those adventures on instagram at @thegreedykat Email: Twitter: @kath_couturing Instagram: @kath_ng

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