While there's certainly no shortage of fancy schmancy bars in Melbourne, sometimes all we want is a cold beer, tasty nosh and live tunes in an unpretentious atmosphere. Enter: Mavis Brown's in St Kilda.
Just a short stroll from the beach, Mavis Brown's is a relaxed watering hole that brings bucket loads of good vibes to Fitzroy Street. And, with a range of local and international beer, impressive vino selection and tasty tapas-style menu, plus live music nights and some of the best cheap eats in St Kilda, it's little wonder Mavis Brown's is a hit with the 3181 crowd.
Fancy a tipple? (Um, of course you do!) Explore Mavis Brown's South American inspired drinks list, or stick close to home with their selection of local boutique beers. If you're looking to wet your whistle with a cocktail or three, you won't be disappointed with Mavis Brown's offerings, either, with the gun bartenders mixing a mean espresso martini. Mavis Brown's Cocktail Hour, running from 4.30 to 5.30pm daily, features Metropolitans, Sloe Gin Fizzes and Peach Caiprioskas for just $12 a glass. Heck, with a bargain like that, we'll take all three!
Peckish? We suggest you pair your tipple with a nibble from Mavis Brown's tapas-style menu. Short and sweet, the menu features delicious dishes like barbecued lamb cutlets with red quinoa and minted yoghurt, 5-spice calamari with a smoked jalapeno aioli, and fried chicken with chilli salt and lime aioli. Um, yum! After a bigger bite? Mavis Brown's also makes a bang-on burger, with wagyu beef, spicy crumbed chicken and tasty vegie options. Or, if you're after something lighter, go for the spice crusted fillet of fish with a blood orange, baby beet and fennel salad. It's nutritious, delicious and well-priced to boot.
Speaking of well-priced – penny pinchers, you're going to love Mavis Brown's cheap eats! On Wednesday you can enjoy a lime, coriander and herb crusted scotch fillet with homemade slaw for just $15. Talk about a happy hump day! On Thursdays it's all about the 250g Porterhouse steak, served with red wine jus, homemade slaw and hand cut fries, again for just $15! It only get better on Funday Sundays, folks, with Mavis Brown's Italian Stallion cooking up delicious pastas, a bowl costing (you guessed it!) $15. These sweet meal deals are available when you purchase a drink and are guaranteed to keep tummies (and wallets!) full.
Make sure you check out the local and international bands and DJs, playing Wednesday through Sunday. Fancy yourself a bit of a songstress / strumming maestro? Mavis Brown's host regular open mic nights, where you can pop in and play a tune or two (with a brew in hand, of course!).
Planning a shindig of your own? My festive friends, you're in luck! Mavis Brown's is the perfect party spot, catering to everything from intimate get-togethers to big, boozy bashes, with space for up to 80 people. Need a space for the office Christmas party? Looking for a prime spot to welcome the New Year? Mavis Brown's has got you and your partying needs covered.
Celebrated the festive season little too hard? Enjoyed Mavis Brown's $12 cocktails a little too much? (No judgement, they're completely deeelicious!). Don't fret, this St Kilda bar is attached to Hotel Urban, meaning a plush, comfortable bed is a mere stumble upstairs. Sorted!
Mavis Brown's | 37 Fitzroy Street in St Kilda
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