Feel the call of the wild at The Natural History Bar and Grill, a taxidermy-filled dining and drinking den
Morgan McGlone (the brains behind fried chicken lords, Belles Hot Chicken) and Michael Delaney from Honky Tonks have joined forces to create an exciting new venture in Melbourne’s CBD, the Natural History Bar and Grill. This 350 seater restaurant situated on vibrant Collins Street has just opened its doors. It comes complete with everything from taxidermy foxes to a 5-metre custom designed artwork and 1kg T-bone steaks.
Take a look inside and you’ll notice that the restaurant itself is split into two spaces: on the one side there’s the Natural History and Bar and on the other side, a Natural History Café.
During the morning hours, the Natural History Café dishes up a range of pastries, doughnuts, bagels and sandwiches. Come mid afternoon though, the scene transforms. Baked goods are replaced by a carefully curated natural wine list, along with cured meats and pickled vegetables.
The more substantial food list centres around Southern-style dishes and grill classics. The idea is that you can stay for a $20 burger or alternatively indulge in a 30gm pot of caviar for a cool $180.
As for the fit out, expect everything from hand-studded upholstered bars and red-checkered marmoleum floors. Marking a striking centrepiece of the space is an artwork spanning five metres of Natural History dining room wallspace. Artist Vanja Zaric blends elements of mural, diorama and taxidermy to create a natural world of foxes, mountain goats and peacocks.
Doors opened last week, so now’s your chance channel your inner David Attenborough and get up close with our furry friends over a drink and a bite to eat.
For more information, you can check out the website here
Natural History Bar and Grill
401 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Open 5 days a week, Tuesday to Friday: 7am – 1am and Saturday: 5pm – 1am