A mid-city oasis hovering above the hustle and bustle of Swanston Street. Cabinet Bar's cosy 'crows-nest' balcony space and tastefully decorated interior give bar patrons the chance to escape the busy streets whilst still being able to eavesdrop on Melbourne's nightlife.
As the name suggests, Cabinet Bar & Balcony offers a mix of indoor/outdoor entertainment options. The main room hosts a mix of old-world charm and French influences - chaise lounges mingling with baroque chairs and tables. The subdued lighting adds to the atmosphere and the place quickly fills up as nearby offices empty at 5pm.
The balcony is just as popular. Enclosed in glass, it looks down upon Swanston Street and has a selection of simple wooden tables available for patrons. It's ideal for those lazy, sunny afternoons.
Whichever option you go with, Cabinet Bar and Balcony offers an impressive cocktail list. Aside from all the classics you would expect, there's a selection of in-house specialities. Alternatively, you can pick from the list of local wines or opt for one of the many imported and local beers they offer.
While the drink options and decor more than hold their own, it's the meal options at Cabinet that have garnered all the attention. Flatbreads and a mix of tapas provide the backbone to a much-loved menu. Add cocktails, classic decor and balcony to the mix, and you can see why Cabinet Bar and Balcony remains so popular.