Last year, Andrew McConnell, Jo McGann and the team at Trader House excited Melbourne foodies with the announcement that there would be a ‘little sister’ cocktail bar near their renowned establishment, Gimlet at Cavendish House. That highly-anticipated cocktail bar is finally opening this month. On the corner of Flinders and Hosier Lanes, you’ll find Apollo Inn, an intimate space set on the ground floor of a 1920s neo-renaissance building. Inside, you’ll find plenty of old-world charm and timeless cocktails. Apollo Inn will open on Tuesday June 13.
The bar takes its name from one of Melbourne’s first public houses, where Gimlet now sits. Fell whisked away from hustle and bustle of the city laneways outside, and transported to a cosy cocktail lounge. With a central bar, low lighting and an elongated banquette, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into an exclusive, members-only establishment. Apollo Inn is inspired by the elegance of the 1950s, and is filled with graceful charm.
Signature cocktails include the Lucien Gaudin, which features gin, Campari, dry vermouth and Grand Marnier; and the Picon Bièrre, a blend of house-made amaro and French lager. As for martinis, there’s four types to choose from: Dry, Dirty, Gibson and Café.
“We’re excited to dedicate such a beautiful, intimate space to the refinement of great spirits,” said Andrew McConnell. “It’s a singular focus at Apollo Inn; to ensure that what’s in the glass and on the plate are delicious and benchmark.”
If you prefer wine, there’s a whole selection available to try by the glass and bottle, curated by Trader House beverage director Leanne Altmann.
Pair your drinks with a succinct food menu filled with tasty snacks and small dishes. Enjoy a selection of local and imported cheese, or opt for oysters and marinated mussels. Sink your teeth into a classic beef carpaccio or try a prawn and spanner crab club sandwich. For something sweet, indulge in crème caramel.
Apollo Inn will open every evening from 5pm to 1am. Walk-ins are encouraged, and reservations are also available on their website.