Where To Find The City’s Best Late Night Eats
You know that feeling; the tummy rumbles that come after a late night out but just about every restaurant in town has shut up shop for the night. Don’t resign yourself to the inevitable Macca’s binge (or do, we won’t judge). Instead there are plenty of solid late night eats available all around town. Here are the one’s guaranteed to hit the sweet spot before crawling to bed.
Gami Chicken & Beer
With eight Melbourne locations (including two in the CBD), you never have to go too far for a perfectly balanced mixture of crunchy, rich, juicy chicken. Choose from one of four flavours (or all of them – it’s worth it) and don’t forget the trademark sous-vide Gami chips. The best bit is you can order some of Gami’s house beer as a night cap to wash it all down.
Owned and run by the same Greek family since 1978, Stalactities is a Melbourne institution so embedded in our nightlife it’s been awarded the Lord Mayor’s Commendation. Wrap your chops around the standard souvlaki, tuck into a bread and dip platter or go authentic with a massive serve of moussaka. They never close and with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options there’s a broad menu to suit all tastes.
Loch & Key
Simple and humble, while also breathing an air of class, Loch and Key is Captain Melville’s upstairs bar that offers the ultimate late night treat: toasties. You can get one with hot sopressa, roast capsicum and marinated feta, or go veggie with truffled mushroom and smoked scarmoza. Friendly bartenders can customise your cocktail choice to compliment the cityscape balcony terrace, and with a closing time no earlier than 3am you’ll relax into the intimacy with ease.
The Black Pearl
The cocktails here are little more than a vehicle to showcase the care and skill of the bar’s bartenders. If you haven’t been already, the carefully selected spirits menu will tickle the fancy of anyone looking to spice up their Saturday night. The weekends see the ground floor filled to the brim but if you head upstairs to the cosy Attic you’ll find some the venue’s famous homemade sausage rolls – which have been on the menu since opening 13 years ago.
Thundercat Supper Club
Melbourne’s popular Tokyo Tina has spun off into late night dining and produced Thundercat Supper Club: an intoxicating blend of late night hip hop, sensational spirits and bloody good booze food. With a selection of Tokyo Tina’s best nibbly bits and some truly innovative drinks (including nitrogen infused shots), the bar stools stay warm from 10pm till late Thursday through to Sunday for those wandering Chapel Street in the early hours.
Open daily from 10am through to 6am, the fluorescent lit van set up on Hallam South Road caters for the HSP-loving crowd. With juicy, salty kebabs on offer, as well as some seriously crunchy, chicken salt coated chips and delectable volcano cakes, your night can only get better with a side-of-the-road stop off.
A long running stalwart for the southern suburbs of Melbourne, Rock Kung is a Chinese classic wearing its age like a classy suit. Throw in a (cheap) glass or two of vino between plates of searing roast duck, char sui pork and mealy mud crap, and try to drunkenly pronounce Rock Kung with a New Zealand accent; you’ll round up a ‘rockin’ Saturday night.
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