Discover Melbourne’s latest hidden laneway hangout
Handsome Bar is a dark, moody, late-night venue and the sister bar to Ergun Elmas’ Middle-Eastern restaurant Souk, both nestled at the end of Bligh Place.
Led by Elmas, general manager Alla Payne (ex-Lucy Liu) and 2IC Stevie Hatz (ex-ST. ALi), the new bar offers up a perch that is perfect for an after-work tipple or late-night date, serving up plant-based bar food that is sure to entice vegetarians and vegans alike.
Popular treats include the homemade ‘sausage’ rolls served with lashings of Rosella t-sauce, ‘bone marrow’ toast with parsley, and the truffled porcini parfait with Pedro Ximenez jelly for a more refined appetiser choice. The menu also serves up salt and pepper vegetables with ‘buttermilk’ and maple, house-made potato chips served with salt and vinegar mousse, as well as Jatz crackers and French onion dip with harissa oil.
“To follow a fully vegan lifestyle takes massive commitment, and kudos to those that do,” says Payne. “Even if it’s supporting a plant-based project like Handsome, you’re contributing more than those who choose to ignore the fantastic food that can be found in a diet containing zero animal products.”
Velvet couches and brass tables adorned with trinkets fill the space, and dimly lit drinking nooks near the bar are perfect for an intimate drink. Touches of luxe are realised with a glass chandelier and a marble wrap-around bar that offers up plenty of bar seating.
Handsome Bar also hosts a resident DJ spinning tracks to accompany playful and nostalgic cocktails like Slave 4 U and the Devil Wears Nada. There are plenty of vegan wines and beers to choose from, with a wide selection of local drops through to imported French varieties.
A seat at the bar also affords punters a small glimpse of the vibrant restaurant above, as Souk’s signature neon interior soaks through a gap in the ceiling. Handsome Bar has minimal lighting, which means visitors can easily lose track of time, and finish off their night with a visit to Souk for a more substantial feed.
Handsome Bar is an ambient late-night venue that serves up quality cocktails and plant-based fare, no matter what the hour. Located off Flinders Lane, the cocktail bar is perfect for pre- or post-dinner drinks – a hidden gem of Melbourne’s bustling laneway scene where everyone and everything is Handsome.
Handsome Bar – NOW OPEN
Open Tuesday–Saturday, 5pm until late