Ho­ley Mo­ley

Mel­bourne’s new mini golf bar is well above par

Time Out (Melbourne) - - INSIDE -

MEL­BOURNE HAS PLENTY of places to drink if you want your cocktail with a side of fun. We’ve em­braced the in­tro­duc­tion of booze to oth­er­wise whole­some ac­tiv­i­ties like bowl­ing, video games and even es­cape rooms – and now, mini golf has en­tered the mix. But if you’re pic­tur­ing Ho­ley Mo­ley as a bar with a cou­ple of putting cour­ses tacked on, you need to turn your ex­pec­ta­tions up sev­eral notches. The huge, multi-level CBD space – which was once rag­ing night­club Sorry Grandma – is a colour­ful fun­house of 27 wacky themed holes, neon lights, pizza and pump­ing pop mu­sic. The for­mula works. When Ho­ley Mo­ley’s own­ers (Fun Lab, the same team be­hind Strike Bowl­ing) an­nounced their ex­pan­sion from the orig­i­nal Bris­bane venue to Mel­bourne and Syd­ney, book­ings came in thick and fast. On our visit, teenage birth­day par­ties teed up along­side young cou­ples and groups of friends – some of them putting their way through the melt­ing­clock mad­ness of ‘Sorry Ms Jack­son (I Am Sur­real)’, oth­ers tak­ing self­ies at a Game

of Thrones Iron Throne made from golf clubs. The ’80s-tas­tic ‘Teetris’ hole in­volves watch­ing your ball zigzag through a mov­ing, up­right Tetris game – a hole matched in cre­ative de­sign only by the blood­drenched Mat­tel night­mare known as ‘Bar­bie’s Scream House’. Puns are par for the course at Ho­ley Mo­ley, and once you’re in the golf­ing spirit (the vi­sor helps) you won’t think twice be­fore or­der­ing a Teey­oncé Holes cocktail from the up­stairs bar – an in­stant sugar high of cit­ron vodka, Coin­treau, cran­berry juice, sour mix, lemon­ade and soda. Kids-at-heart will jump at the chance to try liq­uid dessert Happy Gil­moreo, a dan­ger­ously drink­able blend of rasp­berry liqueur, vodka, Bai­ley’s, milk, choco­late sauce, crushed Oreos and whipped cream. Food-wise, Ho­ley Mo­ley are keep­ing it sim­ple with your choice of ei­ther a Margherita or pep­per­oni pizza. Our tip: fin­ish your course be­fore you hit the bar in a big way. Rose John­stone 590 Lit­tle Bourke St, Mel­bourne 3000. 1300 727 833. www.ho­ley­mo­ley.com.au. Mon-fri noon-late; Sat, Sun 10am-late.

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