StoryVille set to launch in MELBOURNE!

Words by Keti Kezunovic

This September, Melbourne’s CBD is excited to welcome an unforgettable bar to its evening landscapeStoryVille.

Owned by Steve and Keti Thomas – the team behind Pawn & Co. and 29th apartmentStoryVille honours childhood fables and fairytales in an exquisite fit-out that evokes nostalgia and ignites imagination.

James Austin from EAT Music is on board to curate the music offering, & man about town Alex Docherty (The Emerson), will be hosting the giant door of this whimsical venue.

Enlisting the creative vision of designer Josh Lefers (Pawn & Co. & East 9th Brewing), to bring iconic stories to life, the venue boasts a gigantic gold bird cage, magical toadstool bar, Narnia inspired lounge complete with fireplace, and a charming library with exaggerated novels towering overhead.

Created by Adam Bothwell (Tipping the Scales), StoryVille‘s cocktail list is as much a feast for the eyes as the venue’s fairytale fit-out. Cocktails are based around celebrated pieces of literature, from classics to science-fiction and children’s books through the ages.

StoryVille‘s champion cocktails include Mr Pilkington’s Neighbour (an homage to George Orwell’s Animal Farm) featuring pork-chop-fat washed bourbon, apple liqueur and animal crackers, and Through the Looking Glass (based on Lewis Carroll’s synonymous 1871 classic), starring alcoholic Vanilla Cream tea served in a tea pot with dry ice.

StoryVille is located at 185 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, with its grand unveiling on September 14. StoryVille will be turning its pages Monday to Thursday (4:00pm – 3:00am), Friday (4:00pm – 5:00am), Saturday (6:00pm – 5:00am) and Sunday (6:00pm – 7:00am).


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Keti’s last article for TAT Gourmet News: The Winemakers of Rutherglen