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Cabinet Bar & Balcony

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Published September 17th 2015
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Cabinet Bar & Balcony, 11 Rainbow Alley, Melbourne VIC CBD.


Cabinet Bar and Balcony is an understated yet elegant bar overlooking Swanston St and just a block from Melbourne's Town Hall. While true it can take a few minutes to deduce how best to enter the bar if spotted from Swanston St, it's indeed a puzzle worth cluing out.

Accessible only by a rear laneway entry, this is one of those great Melbourne bar's you can at once visit of your own volition; but also bring along friends from out of town to showcase what makes the city great.

Walking in you'll feel invited in the first by the pretty entranceway with its handsome wooden doors, framed portraits and more.

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The stylish entrance to Cabinet


Once inside, you'll feel doubly so. While all of Cabinet is great, sitting outside is a particularly good idea giving you chance to grab a seat and overlook the busyness of Swanston St as you enjoy a drink or two. In turn, alongside wine and cocktails and other liquid assortments, offerings such as flatbreads, pizza and garlic prawns are also in-house giving chance to sit and stay for both a drink and a meal in a great Melbourne spot.

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A view of Cabinet's balcony and Swanston St beyond


It's true this city quarter is one in which there are already a number of great cafes and other attractions closeby to draw your attention; but Cabinet certainly offers a unique vibe that makes it well worth a try if yet to.

Cabinet, a great Swanston St for those keen on a view from above.
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Why? An A1 bar to enjoy a fun and very Melbourne vibe.
When: Monday to Friday 12pm til late Weekends 2pm til late
Phone: 03 9654 0915
Where: 11 Rainbow Alley Melbourne 3000 (Cnr of Swanston St and Lt Collins St)
Cost: varies
Your Comment
Thanks for pointing this out, it would be easily missed. I love the stairs lined with portraits; it would be tempting to linger there and the view of Swanston St by night is a bonus.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8000) 1829 days ago
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