A freelance marketer/editor living and breathing in Melbourne since 2009. I like interesting words, places and things.
Published September 18th 2012
Where haircuts, shoes and suits meet coffee, food and beer
Up a narrow flight of stairs, in an unassuming alley down the quieter end of Little Bourke St, one of the prime examples of Melbourne's quirkiness awaits you.
Combining a cafe, bar and bistro with a barbershop, tailor and shoemaker, Captains of Industry is one of the most versatile venues I have ever seen.
With old sewing machines on some of the tables and eclectic, dark wood furnishings, the whole building oozes the ambience which can be missing from more modern coffee houses
The staff were all lovely, very keen to hand me a beer (never a problem in my book), and happy to help in any way they could. Food was very pricey though, with fashionably small portion sizes to match, so I'd tend to stick with the drinks menu.