Earl Carter

Andrew McConnell and Jo McGann will open the doors to Trader House group’s first cocktail bar in Melbourne on Tuesday next week.

Apollo Inn neighbours World’s 50 Best restaurant Gimlet (no.84 on the extended list) and is located inside a 1920s neo-renaissance building, which was the inspiration behind the name and the old-world approach to drinks.

“We’re excited to dedicate such a beautiful, intimate space to the refinement of great spirits,” says McConnell.

“It’s a singular focus at Apollo Inn; to ensure that what’s in the glass and on the plate are delicious and benchmark.”

Trader House talent Cameron Parish is leading Apollo Inn as bar manager, creating a signature cocktail list that covers four different martinis (dry, dirty, Gibson, caffe) alongside the Lucien Gaudin (gin, Campari, dry vermouth, Grand Marnier); and the Picon Biere (chinotto, blood orange, and French lager).

A vintage gimlet has also made the debut menu along with a Champagne Royale that combines redcurrant with house liqueur de Chambord and the Pinky Gonzalaz with Don Julio 1942, Ilegal mezcal, Curacao, lime, and fermented green almond.

Trader House’s Beverage Director Leanne Altmann has curated the wine offering that sees a selection of drops available by the glass and the bottle.

Apollo Inn’s food menu has been designed for guests to share, offering a short and snappy selection of plates including marinated mussels, a prawn and spanner crab club sandwich, Wagyu on toast, a grilled cheese, and a creme caramel.

Design firm Acme is behind the design of the space, which has been fitted out with a luxe central bar and banquette seating.

“The cocktail lounge is inspired by the elegance of the 1950s and exudes an air of exclusivity akin to a members-only establishment, paying homage to the mid-century era and embracing the art of great drinks,” says Architect Vince Alafaci.

Apollo Inn will open from 5pm until 1am seven days a week from 13 June. Walk-ins are welcome and reservations now live.