Climbing the marbled stairs to the first floor of Curtin House transports you from trashy Swanston Street to a parallel universe called Cookie, a cross between an old gangster movie, a European beer hall and a slightly creepy fractured fairytale. Its towering white walls, dark wood panels and lengthy bar provide a joyful backdrop to a hectic imbibing session. Fashionably coiffed, inked and bearded bar staff impart an impressive knowledge of intoxicants, a necessity when beers alone number almost 100. A dimly lit cocktail lounge is tucked behind the bar, and the kitchen sends out some of the best Thai food in town.
- 03 9663 7660
- Prices - Cocktails $18-$25, Beers $8-$15, Wines by the glass $8-$12
- Features - Outdoor seating
- Chef(s) - Karen Batson
- Owners - Camillo Ippoliti
- Opening Hours - Daily noon-11pm
- Seats - 80