Melburnians love their brunches. It's a fact. After all, what's not to love? An extra sleep in, an all-day menu, lattes on repeat and the number one rental market advocate smashed avo. But, when the weekend calls for something a little more than just the regular, you can bet your bottom dollar — or your single origin pour over — that we've found it. From bottomless brunches to mid-morning tipples to a revolving menu of cocktails, let us present Melbourne's ten best boozy brunch spots. Bottoms up.
House of Lulu White might be the new kid on the block but it's certainly not shy. Recently undergoing a cheeky re-vamp complete with a name change (previously South Central) this South Yarra spot is the latest from the Tommy Collins Group and a bold throwback to the venue's previous life as Paradise Girls brothel. While the menu is separated into naughty and nice, you'll find a tasteful selection of all-day dishes alongside a bottomless cocktail option giving you one-and-a-half hours of endless bloody marys, espresso martinis and mimosas for $30. All that drinking calls for some tasty tucker don't you think? Pair your bloody mary with the standout smokey bacon breakfast ramen or the buttermilk fried chicken and waffles. The what a croque pun isn't lost on us, folks — a fresh take on a croque madame featuring Christmas ham, oozy raclette and poached eggs. All in all, this bottomless brunch biz isn't a bad deal. Just get your money's worth by downing a few.
Another newbie to the South Yarra-Prahran end of Chapel Street is the multifaceted Wilson & Market. This venue is serving up luxe farm-to-table dishes at Prahran Market. With a menu worth bragging about, brunch-goers are treated to eats like ocean trout with seaweed crepes and truffled eggs with Reggiano and soft polenta. The wood-roasted chicken with pancetta is a crowd favourite along with the suckling porchetta. Dishes can (and should) be washed down with the house bloody marys featuring Wilson's own secret tomato gazpacho creation. Heard about the wine wall? Find loads of top-quality wines at bottle shop prices.
We can't give you a boozy brunch listicle and not include Cumulus Inc. These guys know exactly how it's done. They've got Lune croissants, house-made crumpets, organic oat porridge, baked eggs with roasted peppers, and next-level Madeleines filled with lemon curd. If you're a latecomer, you'll get pick of the a la carte menu, which basically entails plates of cheese, charcuterie, oysters or the famous whole slow-roasted lamb shoulder to share. We like to keep it simple at Cumulus and down it all with a glass of NV J.L Vergnon Champagne, but if you're feeling particularly in need of a pep-up give the raspberry fizz with Wyborova vodka a go.
Get your bottomless brunch fix at Fargo and Co every Sunday from 11am until 2pm and enjoy the chef's brunch selection menu alongside endless mimosas and unlimited Prosecco — for just $35 a head. That gets you everything from manchego and chive croquettes with flaked confit salmon and watercress salad to crispy cornflake-coated chicken with waffles and maple syrup. Then there's the ultimate hangover cure: a fried egg & bacon burger with barbecue sauce and pickles. So rally the troops or plan your next family get-together.
Nothing says Sunday morning like Berocca right? Okay, well maybe if you've had a big one the night before. The point is at Entrecote they don't judge, which is why you'll find it proudly listed at the top of their fancifully French menu. When you're ready (take your time) move onto the breakfast martini made with marmalade vodka, then peruse the menu, which is rather abundant we might add. The Le Fermier Francais is the go-to feed for anyone who needs a minute steak topped with bacon, fried eggs and house-beef sausage, while the brioche French toast is rich with caramelised poached pear, chocolate sauce and mascarpone. Quintessential French favourites take centre stage on Entrecote's midday menu, if that's what time you roll out of bed . Think steak tartare, onion soup and rich escargot baked in garlic and herb butter — all with Champagne, of course.
If you haven't had a chance to check out Gilson on Domain Road, now's the time. On weekdays the brekkie menu goes until 11.45am, but on weekends it runs all the way through till 4pm. Survey the ever-changing menu for dishes such as blueberry and ricotta fritters with lemon curd or garfish on toast with eggplant, chilli and aioli. The focus here is on seasonal produce but they've also got a killer wine list to boot. If you're settling in for a while, kick things off with the natural oysters and a drop of Laurent Perrier, then move onto something heartier. Our pick: the pumpkin and ricotta ravioli with brown butter sauce. Invite the sommelier over to pair your meal with a bottle of their best Euro varietal.
This cosy northside hideaway is more like a country escape than an inner-city cafe. With fruit trees in wooden crates lining the front entrance and a home-style feel complete with a bookshelf and fireplace, you'll feel like you're off visiting a friend rather than stopping in for a boozy brunch. But that's exactly what you're going to do because the menus – both food and drink – are epic. Wash down your slow roasted lamb shoulder salad with a Tanqueray and tonic or sink your teeth into southern-style baked beans with roasted corn salsa and egg. Traditionalists will love the pancakes, especially if you pair them with an espresso martini for a different kinda caffeine fix. And if you're sticking around for a while, make the most of South of Johnson's awesome range of cocktails featuring everything from Pimms to the ever-popular Aperol spritz. Make sure you Uber.
Magic Mountain Saloon. Image: @magicmountainsaloom via Instagram.
For a Thai-style brunch with a modern-day feel, look no further than Magic Mountain Saloon where the dishes are plentiful and the drinks go down a little too easily. These guys have nailed the Champagne cocktail offering up a choice of three: the Bucks Fizz (much like a mimosa with a twist), the French 75 (made with Beefeater gin, lemon juice and sugar) and the classic bellini. The standout dish for us is a tie between two — the toasted crumpets with pandan and coconut cream and the roti bread with almond butter with grilled banana and condensed milk. There's also a pretty mean chicken rendang and smoked mozzarella roti that's got our tick of approval (especially on a bit of a hangover).
Okay, sure, these guys might know a thing or two about coffee but they also know what's up when it comes to tasty brunches with a little tipple on the side. You won't find smashed avo on this menu, boys and girls, but you will find a brekkie pasta complete with a poached egg, a tamarind prawn toast dish served on coconut and apple salad, and a medley of winter mushrooms with truffle foam. There are also waffles with raspberries and chocolate soil, an acai bowl made even more special with dark chocolate and amaranth, plus a whole stack of eggs done how you like. While the menu might heavily suggest trying their own coffee blends, we suggest going straight for the booze menu. Choose from a trio of Vertue cocktails featuring the Turbo G&T, an Aperol spritz and a mimosa. Plus, they have wine.
Archie's All Day is the kinda place you want to kick back and relax in. With a brekkie and an 'in between' menu, there's loads to choose from. Park yourself at a table and survey the menu for an interesting and varied mix of tasty delights. The dirty eggs are loaded with tater tots, jalapeño, spiked Monterrey Jack, eggs and black beans, and there's also the option of adding a Dirty Mary (Archie's version of a bloody mary) to the mix for an extra $10. Down your Juicy Lucy wagyu burger with something delish from the long list of cocktails or sink your teeth into a roast chicken sandwich while sipping on a glass of white.