Just like chocolate and peanut butter and croissants and coffee, cakes and cocktails seem like a match made in sweet-tooth heaven. Boozy bakery Bad Love Club certainly thinks so. The bakery has a pretty simple concept. During the day the focus is on coffee, bagels and oozy jaffles. When the sun goes down, the sugar levels go up with alcohol-infused desserts and dessert-inspired cocktails.
The owners, Sarah Ryan and Damien Shaw, split the shifts according to their strengths. Shaw caters to the AM crowd serving up Profile Coffee, 5 and Dime bagels and experimental jaffles. Ryan takes over at night, serving up sweet treats and booze until the wee hours. The desserts range from wonderful to wacky and include a family-recipe pecan pie and a vodka fairy bread cheesecake. A peek at Bad Love Club's Instagram gives an insight into the ever-evolving cocktail menu — think sticky date mojitos and toffee apple martinis. The team are committed to using local produce with suppliers such as Zeally Bay Sourdough, Cobb Lane Bakery and Saint David Dairy on the roster. They also make the majority of the syrups and spirit infusions.
Conveniently located a short walk from Footscray Station, Bad Love Club is a good spot to earmark for those "treat yourself" days — which is almost every day, right?