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A rather fancy terrace and public house! As you are elevated from the cement world we live in you arrive at Level 3. The elevator doors open and it's like you're seeing life through rose coloured glasses. Madame Brussels' Main Parlour Room is grassed for your comfort decorated in 30's fashioned white rough iron garden furniture, with drinks served by gorgeous waiters in country club white. While they wont budge on drink specials for us (booo) but the view from their terrace is worth every penny. Overlooking the east end of Melbourne you will see Church spires, grand old theatres and of cause the turrets of the Windsor Hotel. A bit of history... Madame Brussels was born in Germany in 1851 and was ‘a sweetheart of the Duke of Edinburgh in Melbourne in 1867’. Her first husband was an English remittance man called Hodgson, who was said to have had aristocratic connections and to be descended from the famous leader of the ‘Hodgson Horse’ unit, active during the Indian Mutiny. After Hodgson died Madame Brussels inserted In Memoriam notices in daily newspapers for some years, which included her former husband's pedigree - perhaps she was hoping to achieve some reflected respectability in this way. Madame Brussels was always well dressed, drove in a smart carriage, and educated her daughter at a respectable private school while they resided at 39 Beaconsfield Parade, St. Kilda. Then known as Mrs Hodgson, in 1879 Madame Brussels opened her first brothel in the study area by leasing 8 Lonsdale Street. She was 28 years old. Business must have been good, as in the following year she was in a position to purchase 32 Lonsdale Street, a brick house having seven rooms. She bought the adjoining six-room house at No 34 in 1889 and connected the houses and retained ownership of both until her death in July 1908. Apart from Mother Fraser, who entertained the Duke of Edinburgh in her luxurious residence in Stephen Street (‘round the corner from Lonsdale’), the best known of the madams was Madame Brussels, who even listed her main establishment at 32 and 34 Lonsdale Street as a brothel in the directory. No less than eight of the brothels in the area were controlled by her at some stage. Most were high class, for which she received from them weekly ‘something enormous: 3 or 4 pounds’. He also said that no other brothels were as extensive as Madame Brussels’ Madame Brussels is part of the Gin Palace, Collins Quarter, La Belle Miette and Madame Virtue group.
Bar Jime opened recently in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. A bar like no other, you will experience a variety of cocktails, a dynamic wine list and local and international beer. The bar offers seasonal bites and the full menu from the Iki-jime restaurant that focuses on native ingredients and fresh locally sourced seafood from Mark Eather, who employs sustainable hand-caught fishing methodologies. The bar décor references the history of Bistro Vue, layered under a tonal palette of natural materials and dramatic lighting. Open until late, the echoes of old world charm and contemporary feel of Bar Jime provides a truly unique bar experience in Melbourne. Happy hour until 8:00PM includes: $5 Coopers Ale, Benny Brew, House wines and bubbles $10 Jime Time cocktails
Fifty-five basement bar is your afternoon beer session to late night tequila topper. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it, hidden in the city's heart. They are the little guy, independent & proud of it. Beer is a big deal down there. Six taps on constant rotation, over sixty beers in the fridge from home and abroad. All craft and carefully selected, they've got something for everyone. Their back bar is lovingly curated and the cocktails are seasonal & fresh. Throw in late night comfort food & free popcorn and you’ve got yourself a home away from home!
A mix of bar, permanent art installation and general hang-out, Horse Bazaar is popular with Melbourne's indie crowd and students. While the main bar is fairly nondescript - booths and lounges - it's hard to miss the videos projected onto the back wall. Horse Bazaar has long been a hub for digital arts and they have a 20-metre continuous digital canvas on which new media and digital artworks are projected. If that's not enough digital projection for you they also have the world's first Rear Projection Urinal - a little something to watch while heeding nature's call. The drink selection at Horse Bazaar is as diverse as the videos. While they only offer four beers on tap, the bottled selection runs about 40 deep and takes in every continent around the world. The cocktail selection is equally extensive and offers both classics and house specialities. With a relaxed crowd, a rotating roster of guest DJs, VJs and live acts and a Japanese-influenced menu - Horse Bazaar is well worth a run around the paddock. Happy hour until 7 PM: $7 pints/house wine/basic spirits