Thursday, February 15, 2018

Out after 9pm

Yes, it is rare for us to be out so late at night. Re-reading old diaries found during my wardrobe cleanup, I am amazed at how late we would stay up at times, and I would go to work the next morning at perhaps 6 o'clock.

Ex Sis in Law's husband found a cheap overnight stay in a city hotel and bought it for her as a Christmas present. Middle Niece went along too to share her mother's room and Fire Fighting Nephew and his wife booked the room next door. I thought it would be a nice thing to have a  bottle of bubbles (France tells us we are verboten from calling it champagne) and a platter of nibbles to be delivered to their room on arrival, so I rang the hotel. The bubbles, no problem. I will speak to chef about the platter of nibbles, said hotel staff. He came back on the line and said chef could prepare some pretzels to go with the champagne! Ok, that will have to do.

We met up with them at Arbory for pre dinner drinks. It is the longest bar in the world. That is a drinking bar/cafe, not a counter bar. It is the length of a long train platform, which is what it was, platform 11 at Flinders Street Station, once used by the St Kilda and Port Melbourne trains, that are now light rail/tram routes.

I took this photo as we were leaving. The place, as I have heard R's younger relatives in England say, was heavin'. The women were drinking decanters of Pimms, the sweetness combatted by citrus peel. R had a couple of Asahi beers and I had a couple of g&ts.


We walked across a bridge to Southbank and then a good way along to the Italian restaurant Baci. Both R and my eyes rolled in our heads as we saw the prices but no one else batted an eyelid. Proof #2 that we are old. As Nephew had bought bowls of chips to eat with our earlier drinks, R and I shared an antipasto dish and a garlic focaccia. Goodness, another pontoon bar on the river. Interestingly the chips came with tomato sauce for dipping, ketchup if you like, and a black sauce, from the US, that was very nice. It was thin and very spicy. Black sauce?


I was seated but the others weren't as a 'bicycle rave' went past. Nephew googled it and it happens twice a year. There were lots of music players pumping dreadful music out, but what fun.




From there Nephew found an underground bar, deep in the foundations of Crown Casino. The angled support structures caused some service difficulties but we had a lovely time, with more cocktails. R insisted we pay for dinner, over $300, as I sputtered, ah, umm, well...coming out of your inheritance.  Nephew paid for cocktails at the bar. I had a martini and never before have been asked if I wanted a vodka martini or a gin martini. Gin of course, not shaken. I don't want the gin bruised. It came without an olive! What brand of gin, I was asked? I couldn't remember my favourite gin, Gordons, but I could remember the name of Jah Teh's favourite gin, Bombay Sapphire, so that is what I had. 

We parted company at Queensbridge where the family caught the 58late tram to the north of the city where they were staying and we caught the 58late tram to home. From Facebook, they managed to find a laneway bar on their way back to the hotel and had another drink.

We were in town today to see a mock up of our new train and some brunch and walked along the river. Here are a couple of shots of Arbory, much quieter than when all hundreds of metres of it was packed full of people on Saturday night. 



The Arbory pontoon on the Yarra River. Packed on a Saturday night but empty on a Wednesday morning.


Good to get out and be social on a Saturday night, but the late night meant we did little the next day. Well, a little bit.

30 comments:

  1. Now that I have taken an indefinite break from playing bridge I rarely am out after 9pm, apart from theatre visits.

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    1. No more bridge, Victor? Oh no.... Your brain will go to mush :(

      Andrew

      A railway platform turned drinkery sounds very cool.

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    2. Victor, it does amaze me how many older people are out and about in the evenings.

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    3. Hels, it is cool and it was so busy.

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  2. These days I don't go out after 9, but I'm fascinated by the thing you guys did, and I learned a new term for champagne. I've never heard of it, but that bar looks so fantastic and fun! Hugs...RO

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    1. RO, alternative name had to found for champagne. Sparkling wine sounds cheap.

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  3. The Feral Son tells me the Cherry Bar in the city is a damn fine place and that I should darken its door at some time.
    Summertime in Melbourne can be so lovely, your photos prove that! Good to hear you had a lovely evening out.

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    1. Jayne, I've heard of Cherry Bar. Would anyone our ages be welcome?

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    2. Yes, according to the Feral Son people in their 60s & 70s have grooved alongside younger critters. A bar lady's mother often pops in for a friendly one and often chinwags with Feral Son.

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  4. Oh what fun!
    Bubbles and nibbles. Heh. I'll have to remember this.

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    1. Sandra, some words we use that I think are international clearly are not.

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  5. I had no idea martinis came in different varieties. What's the point of the olive anyway? Does it add to the flavour or is it the martini version of a tiny umbrella?

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    1. The olive is traditional, River. It is said it is a good idea to have food with alcohol. Would the olive count?

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    2. Maybe if it was sliced and spread across a pizza (*~*)

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  6. Sounds like a heavy night. Don't do many of those these days unless I'm away. Bombay Sapphire definitely superior to Gordon's.

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    1. Marie, not a heavy night, but just good fun. There is something about Gordons that I just like. I know Bombay Sapphire is supposed to be really good.

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  7. Bloody hell ... you have been to the $$$ spot in Melbourne... but - I think you had a great time! LOL
    Oh ... my gin of choice is the old Gordons - have had those $$ ones but this Gordons is the best IMO ! :)

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    1. Lady J, as we rarely go out like that, we can justify the cost, albeit uncomfortably at times.

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  8. I've never been a lover of gin, so the times I've had martinis they've always been made using vodka. My favourite spirit is Scotch, followed by dark rum, not that I drink much of either these days.

    I very rarely go out at night. I guess over the years I had enough late nights/early mornings to last me a lifetime or two...both for work and pleasurable reasons.

    Proof I'm getting long in the tooth, too! :)

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    1. Vodkatini, we used to call it Lee. I'm with you with the Scotch. It must be in our blood, referencing your post yesterday.

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  9. We can't always do what we did when younger. We stay out late sometimes, go to friends place after eating out or the come to our house. 1am to 2am bedtime these days but certianly not up too early.
    Don't mind a Gin once in awhile.

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    1. Margaret, staying up that late now would just wreck me, although not really if I am working.

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  10. When we were in Melbourne some friends who live in St Andrews took us to the Chandon winery. It looked like champagne, it tasted like champagne, it cost like champagne so we were very happy to name it thus!
    By the way, didn't James Bond drink Vodka Martinis?
    CLICK HERE for Bazza’s strange Blog ‘To Discover Ice’

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    1. Bazza, a friend worked at Chandon until the fires in 2009 and she was put off. The smoke tainted the grapes badly. I think you are correct about James Bond.

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  11. A fun night out once in a while is great. I've read or heard recently about a couple of people that were invited to sample some champagne but were given "sparkling wine" and they are now suing the company. Champagne is only the French one. I'm not much of a drinker, but Martini used to be drunk on its own, with ice and a slice of lemon. Never heard of a gin or vodka martini, must be the new mixes they have now :)

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    1. Sami, that Martini is premixed and quite different to a proper martini, the traditional one been gin and vermouth, stirred with ice and drained without the ice into a glass.

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  12. Arbory looks tres cool Andrew. I know exactly what you mean about late nights, I'm not used to them either but during Fringe in February it's all on! Last night we were out late at Club Swizzle, Google it, was faaaaabulous! Another show late Sunday night and then I am DONE!

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    1. Grace, Club Swizzle sounds a bit naughty. It's good to push yourself to do things at times.

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  13. I took a look at the Arbory. Amazing.

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    1. Sandra, it was well staffed too, which made it work really well.

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