Next time you’re chowing down on a burger at Skipping Girl Takeaway, grab one of the staff and ask them—very discreetly—if they can take you to the bar. They’ll wink, give you a secret hand signal, then lead you upstairs to Skipping Girl’s secret new speakeasy, The Vedette.
Skipping Girl was pretty clear they didn’t want us spoiling the surprise, so we’re not gonna tell you where the entrance is. Suffice to say, the place is awesome. You can get some of the best burgers in Melbourne, PLUS a range of Jarritos-inspired cocktails (aka those Mexican soft drinks you see all over the place).
They’re doing dairy too. We’re talking Nutella cocktails spiked with whisky, and salted caramel with a big lug of bourbon in it. If money’s tight, there’s Furphy on tap, plus a range of craft beers and ciders, not to mention a well-stocked organic wine cellar.
Of course all your Skipping Girl favourites are there too. You’ve got the wall of free hot sauces, house-made potato cakes and gravy and 48-hour buttermilk fried chicken. Finally, our two loves collide: burgers and secret bars.
Better start working on that ‘knowing wink’. (There’s a 40% chance the waiter will think you’re hitting on them, but give it a crack anyway.)
Image credit: Jenna Fahey-White