In a city brimming with bars, gigs and events galore, it can be tricky business deciding where you should head to next. We’ve been on the hunt for THE best night out in Melbourne and guess what, folks? We’re pretty sure we’ve found it. Bird’s Basement is dinner, drinks, a show and a guaranteed good time rolled into one, and you’re going to want to get there, ASAP.
Tucked away in a basement down Singers Lane, Bird’s Basement has hit the New York-style ‘dinner and show’ concept on the head. You can wine and dine the night away while being entertained by some of the best local and international artists in the biz. Yep, you’ll really feel like you’ve stepped into a hidden gem in the Big Apple itself.
Whether you’re on the lookout for your next date spot, or looking to (quite literally) jazz up your Melbourne nights out, here are five reasons why you need to get to lock in an evening at Bird’s Basement…like right now.
#1 You Can Enjoy An Entire Night Out Under One Roof
No night out at Bird’s Basement is the same. One evening you’ll be drinking fine wine and listening to the sweet, smooth sounds of jazz, the next you’ll be chuckling at a comedy show over a couple of cocktails. The beauty of this laneway gem is that you can spend the entire night there. There’s no having to hop from dinner to bar to gig—it’s all under one roof! You can even lock in your table so there’s no pushing and shoving to get to the front of the stage. Winning!
#2 It Will Rock The Socks Off Your Date
Three rounds of espresso martinis and dinner might be the go-to for most Melbourne dates, but when you’re looking to seriously impress, Bird’s Basement has got your back. The vibe is laid-back, which will help with any of your (or your date’s) nerves, and soon enough, you’ll be enjoying dinner, beautifully crafted drinks and grooving in your seats to an epic up-close-and-personal jazz show. If that doesn’t get you a goodnight pash and a second date, we don’t know what will.
#3 It’s Just Like Being In New York
If you feel like you’ve stepped off Singers Lane and into a New York jazz den, you’re not wrong. Bird’s Basement is partnered with legendary New York jazz institution Birdland, who have been doing the whole dinner, drinks and a show thing for yonks!
#4 They Know A Thing Or Two About Good Food
Great music, food and bevvies go hand-in-hand, and that’s exactly what you can expect at Bird’s Basement. The drinks list is dotted with all sorts of classic cocktails and a top-notch range of vino, chosen to match their Italian-inspired food. Get amongst beer battered zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta, caprese salad and pulled beef brisket before moving onto the main event of barramundi fillet, slow-cooked lamb shank or a delish plate of homemade bucatini—yum! You can dine before the show kicks off (doors open an hour and a half before) or tuck in during the entertainment. The coolest bit? The wait staff are trained in ‘silent service’, so you’ll be left to sit back, tuck in and enjoy the show.
#5 You Can Get A Pass For The Whole Month
One night not enough? We don’t blame ya. If you and Bird’s Basement want to become a regular thing, you can get your mitts on a monthly pass, granting you access to ALL the shows during that month. That could be up to 31 evenings of Bird’s Basement action…
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