If Polly were a real lady, this is what her home would look like: washed concrete floors, deep burgundy walls, and gold framed-paintings of long lost elders, royal velvet armchairs and a schmick bar fit out with a box of sneaky cigars for later use.
Oh, and of course, her front garden would be a green paradise, with mythical Greek statues and the odd water feature or two.
Except Polly isn't a real lady. She's a bar, and a damn fine one at that, too.
Located right in the heart of Brunswick, Polly is a drinking hole with air of dark elegance. Think the eerie feeling of a haunted house crossed with a grand dame's estate, and you've got a quirky little place, perfect for pre-drinks or a night out in itself, right within the reaches of Melbourne's best bohemian suburb.
Polly boasts an extensive drink list, and if you can't find what you want off the menu, the friendly, efficient staff will happily improvise to make something delicious.
Cocktails are a premium here, and many top shelf liquors are also available upon request.
Why not down a decadent Nutella cocktail? (Nutella, Drambuie, chocolate vodka, chestnut liqueur coconut syrup) Or, if you really want to channel your own inner Polly, a mature sip of 'Lusty Busty Maiden' (Frangelico, berry puree, raspberry liquor) or a classic mojito flow down the neck with ease. (All from $18)
If you're looking for a drink that is a little more modest, Polly's extensive wine list will leave you spoilt for choice, with even selections of white, red and sparkling wines available. (Glass, from $8)
A wide range of tap and boutique beers keep the lads happy, while the designated driver can even have a bit of fun with a mocktail or two (from $8).
Polly also offers a range of bar snacks and nibbles. The 'Perfect P' pizza (sweet potato, caramelised onion, olives and feta cheese) ($7) makes for a delicious little supper.
Don't come here if you are in a hurry, as the shirt and tie clad staff take the time to cut, blend, mix, shake and pour your drink to perfect. Besides, you wouldn't want to rush such a fine experience as this one.
Be sure to get to Polly early on Friday and Saturday, because as the night goes on, patrons fill the place wall-to-wall, and on occasion is sometimes known to flow out into the plant covered foyer with locals and their friends.