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Speakeasy Kitchen Bar & New York Cats

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by Melanie Lynn (subscribe)
Going wherever the wind blows me and enjoying the ride.
Published June 21st 2012
Speakeasy
Speakeasy Lane


People compare many things to "a good woman". A bottle of wine is like a good woman, a fast car is like a woman, a woman is like a rose, and so on and so forth. I would like to pose that Melbourne is like a woman. She is there for you rain or shine; summer, autumn, winter and spring. She welcomes you no matter what your mood, is always able to cater to your needs and she never fails to surprise you just when you think you have already discovered all her secrets.

Speakeasy
Trendy Inner Speakeasy


Shining out from the heart of Chapel Street is Speakeasy Kitchen Bar. Bursting with originality, Speakeasy has a delightful ménage of back alley charm and quirky class.

Speakeasy
Lovely Lighting


The term 'speakeasy' was coined in the 1920's as a reference to establishments that sold alcohol illegally. You won't find any illegal alcohol here, but you will find a well stocked bar and lively kitchen. Flames dance and dazzle from the open kitchen as talented chefs fry fish and sear sirloin.

Speakeasy
Feel the Heat from the Kitchen Flames


With a vibrantly varied menu, you'll find it difficult to decide on your dish of the day. Delicious Duke's Coffee has bittersweet dark chocolate notes with a thick and rich mouth feel. Complete with milk that's clearly textured by a skilled hand, this is definitely a cuppa to sit and savour.

Speakeasy, Dukes Coffee
Dukes Coffee @ Speakeasy


Speakeasy outdoor area tells a completely different story to its inside counterpart. Every Sunday, Speakeasy back bar becomes New York Cats Burger Bar, a chilled out open-air environment where you can relax-to-the-max. In the background, what appear to be the tops of buildings are actually cleverly painted rooftops. These carefully crafted spray pieces provide somewhat of an old school city sky-rise sensation. New York Cats is only open Sundays 3pm till late, so avoid disappointment by looking for it any other day of the week.

Speakeasy, New York Cats
Think Those are Buildings in the Back? Look Harder...


This little nook fits in like family with the street art/hole in the wall café scene that is becoming a Melbourne trademark.
One theme that does carry though from the inside out is the funky stylishness that exudes from all areas of Speakeasy.

Speakeasy
Funky Speakeasy Chandelier

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Why? Coffee, Food and Back Alley Art Fix
When: Open Monday - Sunday (Breakfast-Lunch) Wednesday - Saturday (Dinner)
Phone: 03 9824 0770
Where: 359 Chapel Street, South Yarra Vic 3141
Cost: $10-$30
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I freaking love this place!!!
by kimmy (score: 1|28) 2348 days ago
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