In a city where the bar and restaurant culture is among the best in the world, it is hard for a new comer to stand out. State of Grace, Melbourne’s latest entry into the food and drink scene, left a lasting impression at its launch last week. A mix of New York and European style, there is more to State of Grace then meets the eye. Set inside a historic building built in 1889 on Melbourne’s bustling Collins Street, the restaurant and bar at street level is beautifully decorated with exposed brick, raw floorboards and plush, red furniture. A giraffe’s head and neck sticks out cheekily from the creatively decorated walls, lined with guilded frames. Classy, with a touch of naughty, State of Grace is set to be the hottest hangout in Melbourne.
But the fun doesn’t stop there. Hidden away in the back of the restaurant is a secret door which hides a winding staircase. This is the entrance to Fall From Grace, State of Grace’s luxe hidden bar, decorated with a unique blend of garage sale chic mixed with a sophisticated elegance. The walls are lined with quality liquor and ornate chandeliers provides soft mood lighting for guests as they can cuddle up in the private booths or relax on the comfy couches.
Launch night was packed with the who’s who of the Melbourne social scene. Delicious canapes were washed down with custom cocktails and entertainers kept the crowd enthralled as they explored the nooks and crannies of this hidden gem.
A visit to State of Grace and Fall From Grace is like stepping back in time to the heady days of the 1960’s. The place is brought to life every Thursday and Saturday with live music downstairs and those visiting the theatre can treat themselves to a one and two course pre-theatre dining menu, available before 7pm.
Sure to become a Melbourne institution, State of Grace is one place you must discover for yourself.
Visit State of Grace and Fall From Grace at 477 Collins Street, Melbourne
Breakfast 8am, Lunch 12 – 3pm, Dinner 5pm – Late
Images by William Watt