End your night with French aperitifs and raclettes at this Parisian-style bar.
May 02, 2023
Bar Ampere is serving up back-alley Parisian bar vibes, in all the best ways. Head down Russel Place in Melbourne's CBD any night of the week to find this small but mighty late-night drinking and dining spot filled with those in the know.
The whole space is incredibly unassuming, with smashed-out concrete walls and chain links lining the entrance. At first glance, it feels a little run down. But a polished and carefully curated late-night bar lies within.
Grab a seat on the terrace, at one of the few indoor tables or right at the bar — and let the expert front of house staff take care of you for the night. These folks are ever-professional, yet casual and friendly at the same time. It's an effortlessly cool spot.
The European centric food is ace — think cheesy raclettes, steak tartare, ham and cheese croquettes and chicken and pork meat balls. The obligatory cheese and charcuterie boards also make an appearance. And for heartier options, you've got classic burgers and sandos.
But it's the drinks list that makes Bar Ampere stand out. The cocktail menu is vast, and we suggest you get one of the waiters to recommend your first drink. Tell them your tastes and they'll bring you one of their own creations. As you sip on cocktail number one — there ought to be many — read through the rest of the drinking options to choose your next poison.
But you don't have to go down the cocktail route. Wines and a huge selection of whiskies, amaros and other spirits are also available to the late-night revellers staying right up until close at 3am.
If you find yourself wandering the CBD streets in search of nightcap, consider swinging by Bar Ampere.
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