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Published October 1st 2012
Speakeasy Pleases Easily, Come to Father's Office
Longing for a touch of nostalgia, great food and drinks? Going to a place called
Father's Office probably isn't what you would first think of, but trust me, it is definitely the destination to head for all these things.
This bar is fitted out to reflect a prohibition bar in America in the 1920s. This speakeasy themed bar is a fantastic place to enjoy a fun night out and could also be a bar to hold a 1920s themed birthday party or other social function.
If you missed out on the opening month deals (that is, half priced cocktails and other drinks) then fear not. Father's Office is still offering a fantastic five hour happy (definitely something to smile about, 5 pm to 10 pm). You get basic spirits, wine and beer for half-price. It's a winning combination to get both tasty food and cheap drinks while sitting in a space that has a wonderful, gangster-style charm.
This bar and restaurant not only has a classic feel, but manages to include a friendly ambiance as well. Bar staff and servers are outgoing and wear uniforms that blend right into theme. The only downside to this social spot is that at the moment daytime is a bit quiet and at night it can be so busy on a Friday and Saturday night that you may have trouble finding a seat if you don't get in early.
This is an easy location to get to as well. Located very close to Swanston Street trams and Melbourne Central train station, it is a hop, skip and a few steps upwards and you are there. Also, as it has a wide and excellently positioned balcony area on offer your friends can wave at your as you walk up to this latest chill out zone.
Snacks and meals range from $8-$36 dollars, but after sampling a few they are decidedly worth the price. Plus, if you are some dessert you can't go wrong with dark chocolate ganache with a Cointreau cream.
With all these sweet things on offer it is a smart idea to get over to Father's Office before the after work crowd take up all the space. But don't worry about being best dressed (the dress code is a bit mixed), as long as you are wearing something generally appropriate you are fine.