Culinary hub, after-work drinks spot and retail precinct, all within one convenient CBD stretch, Collins Square truly has something for all. And, with an ever-changing, jam-packed events calendar, the latest slew of openings and array of promotions currently on offer, there's never been a better time to get acquainted. Here's a snapshot of all the happenings from your morning smoothie down to after-work drinks.
Breakfast on-the-go needn't be the naughty option when you've got Crisp on your side. With a focus on balanced eating, this little spot's got easy, healthy and cheap solutions for any rushed mornings, offering its breakfast menu items for $4 and smoothies for $5 if you mention the not-so-secret password — 'Crisp winter promotion' — at the till before 10am.
For a lunchtime feed that's downright delicious, yet won't keep you out of the office for too long, you'll find it hard to beat contemporary Italian haunt, Chiara. On weekdays, you can conquer two generous courses with a glass of wine for $30 or bump it up to three courses for $40. Other lunch options come straight to you via a colourful parade of nigari, sushi and sashimi at Sushi & Nori, or in the flaky, golden, hearty form of beef, chicken and vegetarian pies made from locally sourced ingredients at Pure Pie.
And once it's time to knock off from work, the new food precinct has you covered with a few post-work specials to help you through the week. Enjoy a top-notch weekday happy hour situation at Bar Nacional, serving up $6 drinks from 4-9pm, and kick off Friday with a happy hour from 4–8pm including complimentary snacks at the Italian-inspired Mr Collins.
Also, from the team behind hospitality favourites Welcome to Thornbury, Belles Hot Chicken and Mr Burger, Hightail is definitely one to add to the list. With room for 950, the impressive food court-like bar slings a diverse drinks menu, along with eats from Belles Hot Chicken, Mr Burger and Super Taco — all of which are ordered to your table via an app. The future is now people.
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