The Bridge Hotel was one of the first venues to usher in a new age of Australian gastro pubs with its sleek design and varied approach to drinking and dining.
Situated at the top of Bridge Road (location, location, location) it stands as a welcoming point to Richmond, making it a killer location for an after work refreshment and nibble (or you know, steak?!). On the flipside, The Bridge has long stood as an institution for the party program when the weekend hits. A boogie is guaranteed with good times and even better tunes.
The news gets better too: through this summer the team behind The Bridge Hotel are hosting a Gin & Juice pop-up bar, thanks to Tanqueray Gin. The iconic laneway will be transformed into a fully-fledged gin and juice street party, with a mixture of cocktails made with all fresh ingredients juiced on the spot! Pink grapefruit, bloody Mary’s, pineapple, apple and OJ will all be on hand to help you cool off from a stinker or a rough Monday in the office.
But don’t forget this is still a good old fashion pub at heart and the beverages here never fail to provide something new and exciting. You can expect over 10 beers on tap and another 15 in bottles or tinnies with faves including the Balter brew range, Goose Island and Mountain Goat.
On the cocktail front, our pick is the ‘Bridge Mojito’ that uses ginger beer in lieu of soda water and sugar giving it a more spiced but sweet tang to the Cuban classic. Friday afternoons are dedicated to happy hour from 5-7pm, this a chance to take advantage of some $13 espresso martinis among other bargain thirst quenchers.
The menu is constantly evolving to suit the contemporary flavours of Australian cuisine and there’s plenty of options from smaller plates like the manchego cheese and potato croquettes with salsa verde, or fried polenta with whipped ricotta.
Mains are designed to leave a lasting impression. The veal osso bucco ragout is a standout and with a topping of pecorino and gremolata—it’s a full on flavour experience. Like any pub that knows its roots, the Parma still has a spot on the menu, and every Tuesday and Wednesday those delicious, mozzarella-topped wonders are only $16.
The atmosphere of the space makes it one of the top spots for any Melbournian with its unique layout and multi-level features. Back in 2012 the whole venue was revamped by the design gurus at Technē giving the space a completely new feel. Think balconies, booth seating, checkered floors plus their very own laneway that snakes through the entire bottom floor. There’s always a crowd littered throughout the pub, hanging from the rafters of the upstairs balconies, or nestled throughout the laneway and dining areas.
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