This longstanding city bar has a new look, and a new name
The bar formerly known as The Long Room has completed its $4 million transformation into The George on Collins. While the venue used to be the go-to after-work spot for the city’s suits, the revamped space will be open all day for morning coffees from local roasters Padre, lunches and cocktails when the sun goes down.
It has taken nearly half the year to transform the venue, but the Hecker Guthrie-designed space looks a lot fresher than its predecessor. There are stylish leather booth seating complete with linen curtains if you want more privacy, and a moody granite bar made for leaning against and more casual dinners.
The team behind The George has brought in the big guns to for the new venue. Gone are the frilly and fruity cocktails from the Long Room days, Bad Frankie owner and mixologist Sebastian Costello consulted on the cocktail menu and is offering interesting takes on old classics like the Martini with thyme-infused honey and the Moscow Mule with berries. Sommelier Ainslie Lubbock (The Royal Mail Hotel, Attica, Cutler and Co) took care of the wine list, which feature bottles from Yarra Valley’s Giant Steps and Bird on a Wire.
Tom Brockbank heads up the kitchen and he has his work cut out for him catering for an all day service, from breakfast right through to late-night bar snacks. The lunch and dinner offering includes share plates and casual options like antipasto, cheese and charcuterie boards, sliders fish tacos and polenta fries. We can’t wait to see what else this new bar and subterranean restaurant has in store.
|Venue name:||The George on Collins|
162-168 Collins St
|Opening hours:||Tue-Wed 4-12 midnight; Thu 4pm-1am; Fri 4pm-3am; Sat 5pm-3am|
|Transport:||Nearby stations: Flinders St; Melbourne Central; Parliament|