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Poodle Upstairs Bar Is Now Open Two Nights a Week for Cocktail-Matched Snacking Sessions

Poodle Bar & Bistro has scored a new upstairs sibling, serving signature sips, gourmet charcuterie and caviar two nights a week.
By Libby Curran
March 24, 2021
By Libby Curran
March 24, 2021

As Melbourne's hospitality scene slowly shifts back towards normality, we're all enjoying a renewed appreciation for something that was all too scarce last year: the unplanned, spontaneous drinking session. And, handily enough, the northside has scored a new haunt dedicated to this very pleasure, with the launch of Poodle Upstairs in the heart of Fitzroy.

The new first-floor sibling to Gertrude Street's Poodle Bar & Bistro, the intimate watering hole is open for walk-ins only, every Friday and Saturday night. As with the downstairs space, it's sporting an elegant fit-out by Wendy Bergman (Bergman & Co), filled with art deco curves, cushy banquettes and luxe gold accents. There's a private dining room with space to seat 20 and a fireplace primed for the winter months to come.

For up here, Head Chef Josh Fry (Marion and Cumulus Inc) has created a separate snack menu to what's offered below, starring chic Euro-inspired bites designed to be enjoyed alongside a glass or two of vino.

A strong charcuterie selection features both house-made free-range varieties and premium options sourced from across the globe, from a confit garlic and pistachio terrine, to the Juan Pedro Domecq Iberico jamon. There's also an impressive cheese list, a lineup of gourmet tinned and canned delights — plus sophisticated snacks like chicken liver parfait with mulled wine jelly and dainty house-made crumpets topped with salmon caviar and kefir cream.

As for the booze offering, it's headlined by a 16-strong pick of classic and contemporary cocktails, with the venue's signature wet martini sitting alongside crafty pours like the Rosy Cheeks — a bright blend of Vida tequila, Aperol, lime and rosemary syrup. Meanwhile, a hefty wine list trips across Victoria and Europe, featuring bottles like the Patrice Colin Sec Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley, next to homegrown heroes like McLaren Vale's Ministry of Clouds Shiraz.

Find Poodle Upstairs at 81-83 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. It's open for walk-ins only, from 6pm–1am Friday and Saturday.

Published on March 24, 2021 by Libby Curran


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