A slice of ’50s glamour and grandeur is descending upon Port Melbourne with the opening of Clooney Kitchen and Bar.
Known for its eclectic mix of watering holes and restaurants, Port Melbourne is now readying itself for its newest arrival, a luxurious ’50s inspired cocktail bar. Clooney Kitchen and Bar is set to open in late August on Bay Street, sourcing much of its inspiration from the toe-tapping 1950s jazz musicians.
The bar’s name comes as a loving nod to the beloved jazz musician Rosie Clooney, George Clooney’s aunt. Take a peep inside to discover moody and luxe tones, a combination of bespoke brass inlays, old world liqueur cabinetry and art deco features adorning the space.
You can expect plenty of creative cocktails alongside craft spirits, gins, whiskey, Italian liquors and Scotch tasting trays. Accompanying this is a tight and well curated list of wines, with French, Australian and Italian varietals on offer.
As for the food offering, patrons will be treated to a combination of small dishes, snacks paired with cocktails plus a four-course cocktail and food matched degustation created by Shannon McFarland (ex The General Assembly, The Rochester and Woodland House) and Will Crennan (ex Gin Palace, Collins Quarter, Brunswick Mess Hall). For the lovers of interesting liqueurs, Shannon will also be pouring his signature house-made infused liqueurs, including his Apple Tea Liqueur plus George Clooney’s Casamigos Mezcal Tequila.
Clooney will see bartender Will Crennan bring back a real sense of hospitality, connecting with customers to ensure they are served up a drink perfect for their palate.
“I knew I wanted a bar to be a place that was more than just ordering a drink. After trying a million variations of the classics over the years this is about serving the best we can, as bartenders should.
“The ethos is that there should be an abundance of things you have never tried but delivered with the same respect to the classics,” Will explains.
Add this to your list of places to eat, drink and play in Melbourne.