Down one of Melbourne’s many alleyways lies a unique culinary experience. Cocktail bar, BOND Melbourne, has recently undergone a $5 million makeover and is teaming up with some of Melbourne’s best restaurants to bring you BOND’s Unwind Friday Sessions. Each Friday night, patrons will be able to enjoy some delicious finger food alongside their espresso martinis from a rotating list of restaurants.
“We love experimenting with different kitchens” Bond’s Marketing Manager, Chris Commerford says. “We want to keep our menu options dynamic, fresh and seasonal for our clientele, so we are looking forward to partnering with a variety of Melbourne’s most prolific restaurants and kitchens in the coming months.”
In the past, patrons have been treated finger food from places like Om Nom, Maha and Lord Cardigans, with dishes ranging from basic with a cool funky twist, to more delicate food done with finesse and fine detail. With Maha literally across the alleyway, it was obvious they would be invited to make an appearance. The restaurant, awarded 1 hat in this year’s Age Good Food Guide, has in the past treated BOND patrons to a virtual meze feast including felafel, kibbeh, polenta chips and pork scratching with hummus.
Fitzroy’s Hammer & Tong have also been brought on board to cater exclusively for larger events. “One of Bond’s Directors is good friends with the owners and we thought it would be a good and fun project to bring them into the CBD for corporates to experience” says Commerford. Also making appearances on Friday nights, their signature soft shell crab slider has in the past stolen the show.
Along with the food, BOND’s mixologists are pouring some expert cocktails. At only $10 each before 10pm, they are an absolute steal. Combinations include classics such as Espresso Martinis and Amaretto Sours, as well as their own creations including my personal favourite the Lemon Meringue. And if you’re really lucky you’ll see their unique liquid nitrogen cocktailbeing made at one of their exclusive booths for a bit of theatre.
You’ll enjoy these culinary delights in comfort thanks to the brilliant new fitout, courtesy of Melbourne interior design firm Hachem. BOND’s co-owner, Ozzie Kheir says the group is intent on creating a new Melbourne institution, unlike any seen before. “I wanted to bring to Australia a level of luxury that hasn’t existed before with a mix of LA-style service and Dubai-style glamour – a venue with international appeal that Melburnians can be proud of” he says.
While Bond’s signature curves and intimate lounge atmosphere remains, the décor has been stripped of its heavier elements, with masculine furnishings softened and the colour palette refined with an elegant golden hue. Bond’s unique interior is completely curved, from the bars and fittings, to the walls, roof and retractable curved glass door, creating a flowing space that can be opened up as one area or elegantly divided into seven private and intimate sections.
Keep an eye on BOND’s Instagram and Facebook pages to find out who which restaurant will be guest starring each week.
24 Bond St,
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9981 9007