RE­VIEW Fancy Free is the lovechild of top bar­tenders.

Here for a good time, not a long time, Fancy Free bar is the lovechild of some of Mel­bournes best bar­tenders with tasty burg­ers to boot.

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents -

DAN STOCK RE­VIEWS FANCY FREE

GDAY, come on in. What would you like to do? Have some­thing to eat or just a drink?

Just like the Espy in St Kilda, which also has some­one greet­ing cus­tomers upon en­try to wel­come and guide you, Fancy Free has nailed the ser­vice part of cus­tomer ser­vice be­fore Ive even walked through the door. A bar that puts a smile on your face be­fore a drink in your hand is do­ing a whole lot of things right.

It shouldnt be a sur­prise this new CBD spot has hit the ground run­ning, given its the lovechild of a dream team of Black Pearl alumni who are shak­ing and stir­ring in their first names-on­the-lease joint, wel­com­ing a mix of suits by day and city slick­ers af­ter dark.

Oc­cu­py­ing what was an 8 Bit burger shop on Lit­tle Collins Street for a six­month stint, this is the op­po­site of a dark and moody late-night Ch­ester­fiel­dand-can­dle bar and in­stead makes use of walls of glass to cre­ate a bright two-level space. The mez­za­nine level comes with full table ser­vice, while the ground lev­els a mix of stand­ing and bar stools.

A keen fo­cus on non- and lowal­co­hol cock­tails helps sip­pers seize the day, though when some­thing stronger is called for the house mar­tini is a ju­niper-driven, olive oil-slicked way to turn a frown up­side down. Beers come from Colling­woods Stomp­ing Ground and the tight wine list has a de­cid­edly non-in­ter­ven­tion­ist bent.

Hip Syd­ney burger joint Marys is on can­teen duty for the next month be­fore hand­ing over to an­other restau­rant. For now, ex­pect tasty, if ex­pen­sive, ver­sions of the clas­sics the cheese­burger is an es­pe­cially good sop­per but serv­ing fries sans salt is a no­tice­able hic­cup in an oth­er­wise pol­ished of­fer­ing.

Here for a good time, not a long time, Fancy Free is more foot­loose than leg­less and thats some­thing well worth cel­e­brat­ing.

381 Lit­tle Collins St, Mel­bourne, fan­cyfree­bar.com.au

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