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20° & CLOUDY ON WEDNESDAY 21 NOVEMBER IN MELBOURNE
By Eliza Crisp
August 01, 2018
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The Carlton Club

Party like an animal at this inner-city jungle oasis.
By Eliza Crisp
August 01, 2018
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Even woken up after a big night out, with vague memories of an inner-city jungle oasis? Ladies and gentlemen, you've been to the Carlton Club. This urban stalwart has been welcoming thirsty revellers for many moons, and its dedicated crowd is thoroughly addicted. The main drinking area is named the Hasti Bala bar, with lush indoor foliage, plenty of green velvet and a life-size elephant head — it's fake, don't worry. Turn the corner, and you might spy some other four-legged friends, with Gerald the Giraffe and Wally the Ostrich keeping a watchful eye over the proceedings.

Upstairs you will find the aptly-named Palmz Deck, bordered with tropical greenery, and dazzling pink flowers. The food menu is similarly impressive, with Asian-fusion entrees and pub classic mains. Our pick is the jamon-crusted eye fillet, with seared scallops and pea puree ($28) — just trust us on this one. The real kicker is the opening hours, with a 24-hour liquor license allowing for some very extended revelry.

Images: Giulia Morlando.

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