Bang­ing Ital­ian food, cock­tails and wine till 3am am m

Time Out (Melbourne) - - BAR AWARDS -

WHO KNEW THAT there were more hid­den al­leys to put cool bars in? The Grossis did. Be­hind Grossi Florentino is Mor­nane Place, home to the new late-night hang­out Ar­lechin. The Grossisos have al­ways had a strong han­dle on wines, and Ar­lechin dou­bles as a cen­tral cel­lar to all the Grossi venues. You’ve got your pick from the master wine list; try a Sut­ton Grange fi­ano (a lo­cal ex­pres­sion of an Ital­ian white) next to the more nerdy 500ml bio­dy­namic, skin con­tact, sul­phur-free Radikon ‘Jakot’ fromm Fri­uli. Cock­tails play a strong game here, as Joe Jones has put to­gether a cock­tail pro­gram that not only plays to the clas­sics but fea­tures lesser-known tip­ples that high­light spir­its from or in­spired by Italy. The Jun­gle Bird is a cheer­ful in­tro­duc­tion too thet bit­ter­ness of Cam­pari, com­bin­ing it with rum, pineap­ple juice and lime. One of the best things about Ar­lechin isn’t just that it’s open un­til three, it’s that the kitchen is along for the ride. Youu could be eat­ing a tou­sle of spaghetti laced in a bright tomato sauce stud­ded with gar­lic and ca­pers, or a Bolog­nese jaf­fle that con­jures up the Aussie-ital­ian up­bring­ing you never had mor­nane Mel­bourne 3000. 300 ar­ Daily 5pm-3am.

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