South-siders, the north end of Chapel is about to get a whole lot grungier thanks to the sweet arrival of dive bar Two Wrongs located in the old Steer site just a stones’ throw from the Olsen Hotel. Self-described delinquents and young guns Isaac Constantine and Zachary Riggs aim to redefine the dining circuit by breaking the rules for what’s considered restaurant ‘appropriate’ in Melbourne. Think high-end meets lowbrow or fine ‘diving’ in a ghetto-glam locale.
“The concept of Two Wrongs is the result of a collection of overseas trips, eyeballing different venues and bringing them together to create a fine diving destination. “We’re usually really drunk when the best ideas pop up, we try to out weird each other and come to the point of awesomeness,” says Zac.
Heralding from popular Toorak Road cafe Drugstore Espresso, these dude-preneurs are no stranger to the neighbourhood. With over 15 years of combined experience, their mixed bag portfolio spans the likes of Le Petite Prince, My Legendary Girlfriend, St Edmonds, Canteen and White Revolver (Sydney). Impressive. And while you’ll still be able to grab a decent coffee at Two Wrongs, this time the boys are focusing on the culinary side of things, enlisting Paul Turner ex-Donovan’s & Church Street Enoteca to do them proud.
So what’s on the menu? While we can’t reveal all just yet, the boys have given us a sneak peek of their progressively delicious offering and we have to say it’s pretty on point! From pork doughnuts dusted with a secret spice blend, to meaty beef and broccoli featuring beer and nettle, there’s a great amalgamation of flavours and textures to be washed down and enjoyed with inventive cocktail vessels and the usual flurry of beers and wines. With ingredients sourced straight from the chef’s ‘garden of Eden’ and a focus on good produce put together well, preparation is key—especially when you’re culturing your very own butter, which takes around 24 hours to create, we might add!
“It’s a venue that people can relate to, not so much in a nostalgic way but, ‘ahhhh, I’m home.’ Personalised service in a comfortable setting, where good food and drink is a bonus,” says Isaac.
“Diners are encouraged to turpentine themselves from start to finish, from being ninjas at Nintendo or pool sharks whilst lippin’ silver pillow cocktails,” says Zac. Says it all, doesn’t it?
Grab a private booth for intimate dining with your tinder date, nap a table to chill with your friends or pick up a pew at the bar as you take in the up-cycled furnishings and themes of vintage French, sexy Italian and new-age New York with a diversion of colours—including pink because it reminds them of Hubba Bubba. Who can argue with that? There are also couches to spread out on as dine to the beats of the rotating DJ with mash-ups of rap, RNB, classical and hip-hop. Get in early to have pick of the stand—It’s all about being lazy and feeling luxurious.
Whether you stop in for a drink, a bite to eat or full belly feast, Two Wrongs is your night-time destination during the weekdays, your local for afternoon to after dark on the weekends and your new favourite place to hang out. Two Wrongs will open in South Yarra mid-September.
Image credit: Bella Beer via Radio Free Richmond