Over 30 of Melbourne’s favourite bars are banding together to throw a once-in-a-lifetime week-long party! Raising funds for Melbourne’s favourite social enterprise Scarf, some of the best bars in the city will be pouring, shaking and mixing drinks to support Do More Than Drink. Are you frothing yet?
If you haven’t caught wind of Scarf’s initiative, trust us, there’s no better reason to go out (and spend big). Scarf assists young refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to find employment with paid hospitality training and mentoring. Each of Scarf’s seasonal programs culminate at dinners in Melbourne’s best restaurants, where trainees can showcase the skills they've learnt during the program.
Over Friday 2 December and Saturday 3 December, participating Do More Than Drink bars will donate $1 from every drink sold to help Scarf continue to provide opportunities to marginalised young people looking for a foot in the door. If you happen to be staying in this weekend (who are you?!) supporters are encouraged to throw a few dollars in the Scarf cookie jar, which will be at all participating bars throughout the week.
As part of Do More Than Drink, our favourite luxe restaurant Smalls Bar has also teamed up with Scarf to offer a one-of-a-kind drinking and eating experience for you and two mates! Simply head to the bottom of the article to enter.
Some bars will also provide work experience to recent Scarf graduates during the week, so head out and drink up—there has never been (and will never be) a better reason.
The One That’s Easy For Everyone
Gerald’s Bar | Carlton
Like drinking at home without leaving home, Gerald’s Bar takes charming customer service to a whole new level. A long time friend and supporter of the Scarf community, head to Gerald’s Bar for balanced cocktails and jerk chicken worth fighting over.
The Lincoln | Carlton
You can’t go wrong with The Lincoln’s generous, curated range of wines which are (rather helpfully) sorted into tasting and aroma notes. Show your appreciation by dropping a few extra dollars in the Scarf donation jar, which will be at all participating bars.
Markov Place | Carlton
Markov Place has some of our favourite local drinks on offer, including Mountain Goat, Barrow Boys and a curated international and Australian wine list. A snappy menu of beer-friendly food makes for the ideal night out.
The Beaufort & Ike’s | Carlton
Along with all the ribs you could possibly want in life, The Beaufort & Ike’s serves craft beer and a boutique range of cocktails.
Lily Blacks | CBD
Cocktail connoisseurs, loosen those purse strings and enter this cocktail emporium. Whether you’re looking for sweet or sour, rich or fruity, dry or bitter—Lily Blacks boast a world-class menu you can’t resist.
Double Happiness | CBD
A true hole-in-the-wall for hidden bar lovers, Double Happiness is true to its namesake. Communist-inspired décor and drinks abound with cocktails like The Great Leap Forward and Little Red Book.
New Gold Mountain | CBD
Find gold at New Gold Mountain. The charming, passionate bartenders love to create cocktails that aren’t on the menu, so let them know what you like to drink!
Mesa Verde | CBD
Say hola to classic Mexican cocktails, Mexican beers and a huge range of tacos, ceviche and donuts served with Mezcal hot chocolate sauce. It’s located on the sixth floor of Curtin House, but it’s worth the climb.
Eau De Vie | CBD
Regarded as one of Melbourne’s finest bars (which, let’s be honest, is pretty high praise), if you’ve been waiting for an excuse to spend large at Eau De Vie, this is it!
Sun Moth Canteen & Bar | CBD
Boasting an all day menu, Sun Moth Canteen & Bar doesn’t look like your usual local. Blonde timber tables, exposed white brick walls and industrial finishes makes this dinner and wine spot the perfect relaxed setting.
Joe Taylor | North Melbourne
It’s all about old fashioned, impeccable cocktails at Joe Taylor. Open late into the night for summer, there’s nothing more you really need.
Belleville | CBD
With a cocktail menu (well, spreadsheet really) that spells out exactly what you should be drinking that night, Belleville is a late-night haven. Whether it’s midweek or Sunday brunch, a romantic date or a visit with the in-laws, Belleville knows what you need.
Saint Urban | Richmond
A Parisian-style bar decorated gorgeously with marble benchtops, dilapidated walls and timeless deep timber—let the wine flow at Saint Urban.
Section 8 | CBD
One of Melbourne's favourite no-frills bars, Section 8's raw design made from wooden pallets and recycled materials makes it one of the most attractive hideouts in the CBD.
The One That’s A Little Further
Neighbourhood Wine | Fitzroy North
A little neighbourhood in Fitzroy North, Neighbourhood Wine has a wine list to envy. Don’t narrow down your 25 pages of options with $1 from every glass going to a good cause.
Pixel Alley | Fitzroy
Arcade games + video game-themed drinks = the best night out ever. If you want to keep crushing Donkey Kong, we recommend the Coffee Kong bubble cup with vodka, coffee liqueur, walnut bitters, fresh espresso and pressed almond.
The Rum Diary Bar | Fitzroy
Open until the red-eyed hour of 3am over the weekend, The Rum Diary Bar is a rum-lovers dream. Featuring over 50 rums and rum-inspired cocktails, curl up in this warm bar space featuring reclaimed timber and exposed brick.
The Rooks Return | Fitzroy
The Rooks Return is a lot like hanging out with your favourite friend. Homely couches and an outdoor beer garden paired with an ultra-affordable drinks list makes this the rook of Fitzroy.
Mr Wow’s Emporium | Fitzroy
You’ll be wow-ing at Mr Wow’s Emporium (sorry). Between cocktails like the White Lady No.2 and Pimm’s No.1 Cup, remember to donate to the Scarf cookie jar.
Smalls | South Melbourne
Smalls is no exaggeration—there are just 24 seats in this miniature venue. It’s all about intimate wine-ing and dining at South Melbourne favourite, so bring bae (or your favourite friend) for a treat.
Hats & Tatts | South Melbourne
Gather your hats (and tatts if you’ve got them), Hats & Tatts might be themed like a college frat house, but drinks are no joking matter. The tatter tots are a must.
STARWARD Whiskey Distillery | Port Melbourne
Welcome in STARWARD Whisky Distillery’s brand new location in Port Melbourne, which opens November 26! The entire STARWARD whiskey range, season gins and beer will be available at the bar.
Green Park Dining | Carlton North
Boozy brunch isn’t just allowed, it’s encouraged at Green Park Dining. Offering Aperol Spritz’s, Mimosa’s and Bloody Mary’s (among other poison) from 10am, head to one of Carlton North’s favourite brunch spots for a (very) early start to the night!
Robert Burns Hotel | Collingwood
A favourite with Collingwood locals, the Robert Burns Hotel has a drinks list that will please the whole party. Plus, Scarf’s current season of Spring Dinners is running right now on Tuesday nights at The Robert Burns Hotel!
The B.East | Brunswick East
Because nothing goes better together than a beer and a burger. The B.East will be supporting Scarf on Sunday 4 December, when they throw a day-time party with Melbourne’s coolest seven-piece New Orleans-inspired street brass band with Havana Club Hurricanes and mimosas. Head to the Facebook page for more information.
The One That’s The Local
Carwyn Cellars | Thornbury
Showcasing the best produce from Australia and around the world, Carywn Cellars is more than worth the trip to the north. Bypass the front shop to find a bar, appropriately called The Back Room. A converted old storeroom, this cosy space features 20 taps with craft beer, cider and house-mixed Negroni. Carwyn Cellars will be throwing on a karma keg on Friday 3 December in support of Scarf.
Half Moon | Brighton
With Melbourne’s weather (finally) warming up, head down to the sandy suburb of Brighton to soak up some sun. From outdoor beer gardens to luxury dining rooms, Half Moon has every event covered. Half Moon are a close friend of the Scarf community, providing recent graduates with a four-month, paid traineeship to help them gain more skills and experience.
Two Birds Brewing | Spotswood
A favourite of The Urban List team, this local brewery opens a tasting room every weekend to showcase the latest and greatest on tap. Nibbles like ice-cream sandwiches, mac and cheese on sourdough, and Cajun chicken flavoured popcorn will keep everyone as bubbly as the beer.
Kelvin Bar | Northcote
The most well-kept secret in Northcote, long-time Scarf supporters Kelvin will be your new best friend after one visit. Utterly charming, friendly and very, very hospitable, head to Kelvin Bar to support Scarf on the weekend.
Kitty Somerset | Northcote
One of Scarf’s most committed long-term training partners, Kitty Somerset is a classic cocktail lounge in Melbourne’s north east. Expect cosy couches and warm amber lights.
Some Velvet Morning | Clifton Hill
A café by day, bar by night, this quiet Clifton Hill local is the ideal bar for an excellent drink without the frills and fuss.
Lucky Coq | Windsor
With $4 pizzas on every night, you’ll have plenty of spare cash to spend on fancy cocktails or frothy ales at Lucky Coq.
Scarf’s Do More Than Drink will run from Sunday 27 November to Sunday 4 December. Participating bars will donate $1 from every drink sold on either Friday 2 or Saturday 3 December, to help Scarf continue running awesome training programs for young people facing barriers to work. For a full list of participating bars and when they will be donating, head to the Scarf website here.
Entries close at 11:59pm on 04.12.2016. Successful applicant will be drawn at random on 06.12.2016. By entering, you agree to subscribe to the Urban List eNews, Smalls Bar and Scarf email database. Prize includes: drinks and bar snacks for three (3) people at Smalls Bar (South Melbourne) to the value of $250. Prize is not redeemable for cash. Prize cannot be redeemed on a Friday night. Prize must be redeemed on a single occasion before June 30 2017.
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