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By Libby Curran
March 13, 2019

Fancy Free

A CBD cocktail bar from three Black Pearl alumni serving up burgers by Sydney's Mary's.
By Libby Curran
March 13, 2019

Fancy Free, the new cocktail bar from Black Pearl alumni Matt Stirling, Rob Libecans and Ryan Noreiks, might only be sticking around for six months, but it's certainly starting off strong. It launched this February with some pretty special mates in tow, handing over its opening kitchen residency slot to famed Sydney burger joint Mary's.

The two-month stint is Mary's first proper pop-up in Melbourne and it's got one heck of a food and drink lineup to christen Fancy Free's new digs. If you've sampled the goods at the ever-popular Newtown restaurant, or perhaps during brief local appearances for the likes of Download and Laneway festivals and a one-day takeover of South Yarra's Leonards House of Love, you'll know this is one not to miss.

Mary's own Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham have ventured south to bring Melbourne a taste of their smash-hit fare, the menu featuring the duo's signature mushroom burger, cheeseburger, mash and gravy, fried chicken and of course, the legendary Mary's burger.

Fellow Sydneysiders P&V Wine and Liquor Merchants are heading up the fittingly quirky vino selection for this debut month, with local brewery Stomping Ground supplying a showcase of its hero beers, alongside a rotation of specialty brews. More breweries and wineries are jumping on board for the following months.

And while the Fancy Free boys will be working their signature magic on the cocktail list, you can also get excited for some special guest appearances and takeovers by some of their World's 50 Best Bars cohort. Black Pearl has consistently ranked in the top 50 at the prestigious awards and has taken out Best Bar in Australasia for the past two years.

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