New Melbourne venue, The George on Collins, will launch on Friday 23 June, with a number of dining options on offer from breakfast to lunch and dinner.

Mixologist Sebastian Costello (Bad Frankie) and sommelier Ainslie Lubbock (The Royal Mail Hotel, Attica, Cutler and Co), have curated a drinks list to suit a number of occasions.

Costello’s list of cocktails includes the Negroni Bianco and the Colins St. Mule, which are both twists on the classics. Originals such as the To Serve the City, with coconut, mango, Aperol and Absolut Vodka; and the Roguish Tendencies, with Rogue Daring Dry Vermouth, thyme infused honey and Cocchi Americano, also feature heavily on the list.

Classics are celebrated alongside contemporary bar culture on Lubbock’s wine list, which offers wines like Giant Steps Chardonnay (Yarra Valley) and Moondarra Studebaker Pinot Noir (Gippsland).  Wines available by the glass include: 2013 Bird on a Wire Marsanne (Yarra Valley) and 2015 Hentley Farm Shiraz (Barossa).

At the rear of the venue is the private dining room, concealed by frosted glass. With bespoke furnishings, the room seats up to 30 guests around a central table or 80 standing.

A long central bar, adorned with Davide Groppi pendant light fixtures, features prominently, alongside intimate spaces.

Alongside the dinner menu, Friday’s nights will welcome a more refined food offering, including antipasto, cheese and charcuterie boards, various sliders, fish tacos and polenta fries.

Image credit: Kristoffer Paulson

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