Step back in to the 1920s and defy prohibition at this speakeasy bar and restaurant
Many of us long to have experienced the roaring 20s – with depictions in films like The Great Gatsby, it’s hard not to fall in love with the era. It was an exuberant decade of rebelling against prohibition, of gangsters and flappers, where women gained the right to vote in America, and when jazz music was sweeping the country.
Father’s Office on Little Lonsdale Street has taken all of those things and created an amazing speakeasy-styled bar and restaurant that will transport you back in time.
The excitement starts from the moment you walk up the dimly lit stairs. A large wall mural displaying an old-fashioned library meets you halfway before you walk into large, open dining area and bar filled with 1920s décor and vintage sofas. You are greeted by waitresses in flapper dresses and cute Gatsby-style headbands, and waiters in suspenders and bow ties.
Walk out to the Father’s Office balcony on a fine summer’s day and you’ll find yourself in one of Melbourne’s best city spots – with unparalleled views of the State Library and Swanston Street. Come here at night and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a seat though, as it’s one of Melbourne’s most popular spots for after-work drinks and all-you-can-eat wings.
Speaking of after work drinks, Father’s Office has an extensive drinks menu that will suit every taste, including a charming range of cocktails and an abundant array of beers and spirits. For those with a group of friends, the secret recipe punch bowls are guaranteed to set you up for a good night out.
The menu follows the American influence with plenty of ‘dude food’ options including a great range of burgers, chicken wings and even fried chicken and waffles.
The ‘man’ burger is probably the most daring choice on the menu and comes with a 200g Angus beef patty, double Swiss cheese, beer battered fries, a fried egg, free-range bacon and a chipotle mayonnaise all nestled between a delicious milk bun. For those not game enough for the burger, the Kansas City smoky BBQ chicken wings are a popular choice and will have you licking the plate clean of any remnants of that luscious, sweet BBQ sauce.
If you’re feeling a bit more sophisticated, you could go for one of their great starter options including whole crumbed camembert, which takes fried cheese to a whole new level. You can follow that with a little bit of everything in the surf ‘n’ turf, which comprises an eye fillet, chargrilled prawns, pancetta and pork belly with sautéed greens and a delicious béarnaise sauce.
Whatever you’re craving, Father’s Office is bound to satisfy it, with plenty of great food options and weekly specials on offer. They also cater to most diets and all produce is 100 % local so you can feel confident knowing your food is made from the finest ingredients.
Everybody loves a theme, and Father’s Office does it particularly well. They’ve made sure to tie the 1920s American theme in with every element of the place from the drinks, to the food and décor. They also hold a 1920s themed dress-up night once a month so people can pull out the flapper dresses, the feathers and cigars and really transport themselves back for the evening.
Whether coming to Father’s Office for the theme, food, drinks or amazing view from the balcony, you won’t regret your visit. All of this made evident by the crowds it attracts every week.
By Sarah Lamont
t: (03) 9825 8999
a: 249 LITTLE LONSDALE ST MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, 3000