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The Best Spots for a Boozy Bottomless Brunch in Melbourne

Swap your muesli for a mimosa, your coffee pot for endless flutes of champagne, and ruin all regular brunches forever more.
By Libby Curran
June 15, 2020
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The Best Spots for a Boozy Bottomless Brunch in Melbourne

Swap your muesli for a mimosa, your coffee pot for endless flutes of champagne, and ruin all regular brunches forever more.
By Libby Curran
June 15, 2020
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Way up near the top of that list of things we've missed during lockdown is the humble bottomless brunch. A lively weekend feast with plenty of good mates, chef-cooked brunch eats, free-flowing drinks and no washing up — that's a situation that's been off the menu for more weeks than we'd care to count. But now, as venues across Melbourne throw open their doors to dine-in customers, the bottomless brunch has made its long-awaited return. Albeit, with a few restrictions in play. Get set for scrambled eggs teamed with unlimited prosecco, or maybe a yum cha session matched with some boozy bubble tea. Here are eight Melbourne venues serving bottomless brunch to cure all your post-iso cravings.

From 11.59pm on Wednesday, July 1, until at least Wednesday, July 29, stay-at-home orders have been reintroduced in ten Melbourne postcodes, which means their residents can only leave for one of four reasons: work or school, care or care giving, daily exercise or food and other essentials. For more information, head to the DHHS website.

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LULU WHITE, SOUTH YARRA

This South Yarra cafe wasted zero time bringing back its long-running bottomless brunch — the popular deal is not only back in action, but available seven days a week. Clocking in at $65 a head, this feast will see you tuck into your choice of modern brunch plate — think crumbed fish tacos with Asian-style slaw, or maybe some loaded berry and ricotta waffles — matched to 90 minutes of free-flowing booze. We're talking mimosas, sangria, a selection of beer and even caffeine-charged espresso martinis. And, if you're going alcohol-free, there's a $50 a head 'virgin' alternative, featuring apple spritz and Zero beer in place of the hard stuff.

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BODEGA UNDERGROUND, CBD

Bodega Underground's famed Mexican-inspired bottomless brunch has made its long-awaited return, now taking over the CBD taqueria every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with seatings at noon, 1.45pm and 3.30pm. Book your crew in for a brunchtime fiesta for $65 and you'll enjoy a lively five-course spread featuring favourites like house-made tacos, mole chilaquiles and fried chicken with chipotle mayo. Even dessert is taken care of: classic churros paired with lashings of coconut dulce de leche. And to drink, there's 90 minutes of bottomless beers, wine or cocktails; including Bodega's go-to Mexi-mimosas.

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EVIE'S BAR & DINER, FITZROY

Not even lockdown could suppress the sparkly disco vibes of Evie's for too long. Nor, for that matter, its bottomless brunch, which has been reborn and is now yours to enjoy from 11.30am to 3.30pm every Saturday and Sunday. Book the crew in for a two-hour brunch party and you'll find yourselves enjoying dishes like fried chicken and waffles, and french toast teamed with bacon and loads of maple syrup. There are vegan and gluten-free options aplenty, too, while the booze offering runs to unlimited serves of mimosas, bloody marys and sparkling wine. And you'll part with just $49 for both food and drinks.

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ZERO MODE, BOX HILL

The masters of envelope-pushing, innovative fare at Box Hill's Zero Mode are back. And they've even unveiled a brand new bottomless brunch situation to mark the occasion. This one's on offer from 11am to 2pm each day, priced at $49 a head. For that, you'll score your choice of two crafty side dishes (chicken karaage or king salmon sashimi, for example) or one main plate — maybe chilli scrambled eggs with twice-cooked salmon and crispy leek, or the wagyu brisket and waffles matched with orange hollandaise. Also included in your feast is 90 minutes of free-flowing cocktails, beer and wine. Just be sure to save room in there for one of Zero Mode's pretty new signature cream cakes.

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FARGO & CO, RICHMOND

Fargo & Co's bottomless brunch is a long-held weekend ritual that's making its much-anticipated comeback this month. The Richmond venue's dishing up a cracking new edition of its legendary boozy brunch feasts, kicking off from June 13. These two-hour sittings run Saturdays and Sundays from 11am, clocking in at $59 a head. Brunch plate options run to the likes of a bacon and egg burger with hash brown bites, a loaded brunch bowl and the decadent banana split waffle. And to match, you can look forward to a couple of hours of unlimited beers, spritz, prosecco and moscato.

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SI SENORITA, FITZROY

Si Senorita's Mexican take on the classic bottomless brunch is the weekend fiesta your iso-weary self has been craving. On offer from 11am every Saturday and Sunday, one of these two-hour sessions will set you back just $49 for a bellyful of eats and drinks. Expect a parade of corn chips teamed with house-made salsas, as well as a variety of cheesy quesadillas, stuffed with the likes of sautéed mushrooms or grilled chicken. All of this comes paired with unlimited sangria, mimosas and zingy micheladas, of course, and bottomless jugs of the weekly-changing feature cocktail.

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TIAN 38, CBD

After a change-up from the usual waffles and mimosas? Tian 38's boozy yum cha brunch delivers a punchy fusion of old-school and new-school Chinese fare guaranteed to add some flavour to your Saturday. With 90-minute sessions from 11.30am each week, this bottomless brunch will have you gorging on yum cha classics like xiao long bao and prawn har gow, along with crafty creations including peking duck panko jaffles and a taro-infused riff on tiramisu. Food will set you back $49, and you can amp things up by adding on unlimited drinks for an extra $20. Think, local wines, signature cocktails and even boozy bubble tea, infused with vodka, rum or gin.

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JAMU DINING, RICHMOND

For a bottomless brunch feast that blends classic Asian flavours with a modern Aussie twist, lock in a weekend visit to Richmond's Jamu Dining. Its free-flowing spread is on offer every Saturday and Sunday, with two-hour sittings kicking off at noon each day. For $65, you'll sit down to unlimited serves of crispy chicken karaage, plump dumplings and bao, teamed with a roster of bottomless sips that includes tap beer, Pimm's, prosecco, mimosas and rosé. And if you fancy infusing your brunch with a few summery vibes, Aperol and strawberry spritz varieties are also up for grabs.

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Top image: Evie's Disco Diner

Published on June 15, 2020 by Libby Curran

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