Just months ago, Melbourne faced another blow to its hospitality. This time it was in the form of the iconic roof terrace Madame Brussels and its sudden closure.

Known for its garden parties, whimsical decor and brothel madame namesake, the place closed its doors in July after 15 years of good times. Now the place needs to be revived by a hospitality duo who do not want bygone times to be bygone.

Tom Rattigan (Double Happiness, New Gold Mountain, Lily Blacks) and Joshua Stevens (New Gold Mountain) have big plans to reopen the cocktail bar in early November and retain most of its original features. Although unfortunately it will not greet the return of hostess and bar manager Miss Pearls.


Expect a similar fit with the same name, but with a few minor changes. While the venue’s acclaimed Sangria will remain on the menu, new cocktails ode to the area’s colorful history will also pave the way. As for the food menu, snacks will be at the forefront with items like Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin caviar, crème fraîche and homemade chips to look out for.

Madame Brussels reopens at Level 3, 59 Bourke Street, Melbourne, in early November.

Have a historic drink at some of Melbourne’s oldest pubs in the spring.



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