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Lover

Bars, Cocktail bars Windsor
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4 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Windsor gets a moody cocktail haunt with a devoted Negroni menu

The latest addition to Windsor’s party district is a gothic-romantic-kitschy bar with all-black tables, floors, walls and ceilings foisted with a hoarder’s collection of vintage bric-a-brac à la wooden tennis racquets, bird cages, ornate frames and dollhouses. Add the Edison globes and chandeliers and we have to assume someone went to a Salvo’s warehouse armed only with a wad of bills and a Post-It reading “whimsy”.

Cocktails are the main event, but for those preferring wine, there’s a tidy list of roughly ten reds, ten whites, and a single rosé that challenge neither palate nor pocket, being mostly easy-drinkers hovering around the $60 mark. A focus on the Antipodes pays off, with selections from all the big-hitting valleys as well as smaller winemaking regions including Geelong, Orange and a fresh and floral Nick O’Leary Riesling from Canberra.

Bar snacks ride the curious retro-Australiana trend that’s gone from 0-to-100 prawn cocktails. Given head chef Paul Turner’s time on the pans at places like Cutler & Co and Donovans, there was always going to be some zhuzhing, though this doesn’t always translate from page to plate - the chorizo oil the prawn toast is fried in is too subtle for us, as is the lemon ash on the hot pork crackers. Save space instead for palm-sized chicken sangas that stuff chewy, bun-shaped pretzels with shreds of juicy dark meat and punchy fermented chilli.

Boracay might still be closed but a trip to the tropics is found in vodka shaken with lychee liqueur and orange blossom spritz, its sweetness defly balanced by calamansi, a tart Filipino citrus. Strong Espresso Martinis – shot through with chocolate bitters and topped with torched coconut marshmallow foam – are both frivolous and straight up delicious. For sophisticates, there’s a Negroni menu, including a remake starring pineapple plantation rum. It’s stiff but smooth, fragrant with fruit but subtle on the palate.

Here’s a bar with its finger firmly on the trend pulse. From the 90s-throwback snacks and dedicated menu of Negronis to its spot on the happening Windsor wedge of Chapel, Lover knows its crowd – young, polished, adventurous but not quite risky – and makes itself in their image. For the cocktails alone they’re worth a second date, and with a little recalibrating on the food front, they could well turn into a full-time fling.

Details

Address: 60 Chapel St
Windsor
Melbourne
3181
Contact:
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-1am

Special offers

$69 Set menu

Groups of 7 or more guests are required to dine on our $69pp set menu. The set menu will comprise of our greatest hits selected by our kitchen. So sit back and enjoy the ride. ***Please note that all dietary requirements must be listed in the booking notes. We are a small kitchen running a freshly prepared menu. With this in mind, we may not be able to cater to dietary requirements without notice. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, includes service. Valid For: 7 - 20 People Tue-Sat 4:00PM-11:30PM

Offer valid until Nov 28 2119

LOVER BOOKINGS

Bookings made inside are required to spend a minimum of $25 on food. Bookings made in our outdoor area are not subject to a minimum spend. xx Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, includes service. Valid For: 1 - 6 People Sun-Tue 4:00PM-9:30PM,Thu-Sat 4:00PM-9:30PM

Offer valid until Nov 28 2119

GNOCCHI + WINE NIGHT

Welcome are excited to welcome you back to Gnocchi + Wine night. Choose one of our four flavours of gnocchi and a glass of LOVER 'Good Times' Wine for $25. Vegan and gluten-free are available with 24 hours notice. Please let us know in the notes when you make your reservation if you have any dietary requirements. Bookings have a duration of 1.5 hours. xx Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, includes service. Valid For: 1 - 20 People Wed 4:00PM-11:30PM

Offer valid until Nov 1 2119
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