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Melbourne’s Best Boozy Bottomless Brunches

by Hannah Matchett

What could warm you up quicker than a Katmandu puffer on these icy mornings in Melbourne? Booze. And thanks to the bottomless brunch craze that has infiltrated Melbourne, it’s now socially acceptable to consume it during the AM. We’ve sifted through the mimosas and smashed avos to bring you a complete guide to Melbourne’s greatest bottomless brunches.

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Bodega Underground ($59 per head)
55 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD

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Say ‘adios’ to the poached eggs and acai bowls and ‘hola’ to an all-out Mexican feast at Bodega Underground’s bottomless brunch. Grab the crew and treat yourselves to a five course Mexican extravaganza complete with tacos, chilaquiles and ceviche.

Running from 12pm-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays, Bodega employs the term ‘brunch’ loosely, but their cocktails are certainly bottomless. Down Palomas, Bloody Marias, Guava Mimosas and Micheladas to your hearts content over a 90-minute sitting.

At $59 a head for a feed sizeable enough to rival the non-stop cocktails, Bodega have well and truly upped Melbourne’s brunch game. Tucked underground on Little Bourke street in the CBD, Bodega bypasses the pretentious café brunch scene for a grungy Mexican, hip-hop-fueled experience – minus the tacky clichés.

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District North ($39 – $49 per head)
678/680 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds

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If you’re after the bottomless brunch experience without the exorbitant price tag, then look no further then District North. Appropriating mid-morning alcohol consumption everyday of the week, District North’s bottomless brunch runs from Mondays right through to Sundays.

Weekdays are a steal at $39 per person, while weekend brunches will set you back $49 per person. Chow down on your choice of meal from their seasonal menu, be it the Tiramisu French Toast or the Breakfast in Melbourne Board, the choice is yours.

And good luck trying to decide on a beverage from their extensive bottomless selection – we’re talking Espresso Martinis, Vodka sunrises, Spiked Daiquiris, house wines and beer.

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Half Acre  ($65 per head)
112 Munro St, South Melbourne

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Just when we thought bottomless brunches couldn’t get any more indulgent, Half Acre have upped the ante by matching their bottomless booze with a bottomless buffet style brunch. That’s right – nonstop booze and nonstop food from 11am until 2pm every weekend for just $65.

Forget the bain-maries of soggy scrambled eggs and watery porridge, Half Acre’s brunch table features decadent platters of your traditional brunch favourites. Take your pick from egg shakshuka, Challah French toast and Polenta Cake with lemon curd – or just take them all.

Half Acre are taking bottomless booze to the next level with their DIY Citrus and Spritz bar. Show off your bartending skills as you whip up your own vodka and citrus infused masterpieces. Topped off with live music at each session, Half Acre’s brunch is the full package experience you won’t want to end.

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Pilgrim ($69 per head)
Federation Wharf, 15-19 Federation Drive, Melbourne CBD

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This waterfront favourite is taking an all-Aussie twist on the classic bottomless brunch. Pilgrim Picnics showcase a selection of cured meats and local cheeses, and a delicious spread of sustainable shared plates. Catering to bookings of 12-40 people, your crew will receive their very own picnic basket on arrival, jam packed with authentic, Australian sourced produce.

Over the course of 2 hours you’ll be able to feast on a 3 course Australian picnic and down as many bellinis as your heart desires. Tucked inside Pilgrim’s Vaults, just off Federation Wharf, soak up the unobstructed views of the Yarra without having to brave the icy air. Pilgrim picnics run every day of the week and cost $69 a head.

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Tokyo Tina ($69 per head)
66A Chapel St, Windsor

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If you want more than just bulk food and bevs for your buck, then Toyko Tina has you covered with their Bingo Academy Saturdays. Enjoy all your classic bottomless brunch favourites; non-stop Bloody Marys, Aperol spritzes, bubbly and beer, plus their infamous Japanese fused brunch menu. But this isn’t your typical granola-bowl-brunch with the crew. Munch your way through pork belly bao, salmon tartare, karaage chicken, and steamed snapper while trying your luck in the most unorthodox game of bingo you’ll ever witness.

Hosted by the Granny Bingo trio (winners of the Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017 & 2018; Edith Vale & Maureen McGillicuddy and Caroline Springs) you’ll be in for a day of laffs so hard you’ll risk snorting Aperol out your nose. Bingo Academy runs every Saturday from 1-3pm and will set you back $69 per person.

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 House of Lulu White ($35 per head)
4 Yarra St, South Yarra

Coming in at the cheaper end of the price spectrum, $35 a head will be all it takes to secure yourself 90 minutes of bottomless Mimosas, Espresso Martinis, and Lady in Paradise Gin Cocktails at House of Lulu White. Unfortunately this doesn’t include a meal from their traditional Melbourne-esque brunch menu (which you’ll need to order), although no doubt a few gin cocktails will have you fanging for some fried chicken waffles.

But, with most meals coming in at around $20, it’d be rude not to indulge in a mid-week bottomless brunch experience. Running every day from 8am, and 10am on Sundays, forget winter’s bite as you sit among the palm fronds and escape into a pink paradise of non-stop mimosas.

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Evie’s Disco Diner ($49 per head)
230/232 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

Take a trip back to 1980’s New York at Evie’s Disco Diner in Fitzroy. The converted ironworks warehouse has been transformed into a two story hipster haven reminiscent of the 80’s American diner scene. Cough up a lazy $49 and spend your weekend tucked in a booth with your best people, necking limitless bubbles, mimosas and Bloody Marys. If what you really came for was the diner style feasts then Evie’s does not disappoint. Take your pick from traditional faves such as blueberry pancakes, French toast with bacon and maple syrup, or the classic BLT and fries.

And vegans – we gotchu too. ALL of the brunch offerings can be made vegan or vegetarian, so there’s no excuse not to pop down to Evie’s for 2 hours of New York diner delicacies and bulk Bloody Marys. Brunches run every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am – 1:30pm.

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Bang Bang ($59 per head)
294 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick

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You’re favourite French-indochine restaurant has jumped on the day-drinking bandwagon with their hawker style bottomless brunch. Wagyu beef bao, salt and pepper squid and satay chicken skewers are just a taste of the enticing creations on Bang Bang’s hawker feed me menu.

For $59 you’ll be free to swig non-stop proseccos, pink pomelo Mimosas, and grapefruit Aperol spritzes across their 2 hour sessions running between 11am – 3pm every weekend.

Bang Bang’s seamless flow from indoor to outdoor seating will allow you to embrace as much or as little of that fresh winter air as you please. So take a seat among Bang Bang’s endless supply of lush greenery while warming your soul with a well-deserved Prosecco, or five.

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The National ($50 per head)
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Take your Sunday hair-of-the-dog the best way possible with The National’s pan-asian bottomless brunch. From 12-3 every Sunday, you’ll be spoilt for choice with hangover cures – be it dumplings and Roast pumpkin dahl, or bottomless sparkling cocktails and bloody marys.

For $50 you can indulge in your choice of an item from the snacks, dumplings or small dishes menu followed by non-stop booze for the 3 hour period. Its cosy timber paneled interiors decked in lush greenery exudes so much warmth that even a Melbourne winter won’t be able to stop you from indulging your tastebuds to an afternoon of Asian-fused decadence.

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The Emerson ($59 per head)
141-145 Commercial Rd, South Yarra

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What’s better than a bottomless cocktails and a feed? Bottomless cocktails and feed, on a rooftop. Hear me out – everything is better on a rooftop, especially one with a view of the Melbourne skyline.

Live your best-boujee-life while tasting the tantalisng creations of the Easey’s crew, washed down with endless spritzs, all from your own rooftop booth atop The Emerson.  We’re talking lettuce tacos, calamari, mac and cheese bites accompanied by free-flowing mimosas, bloody marys, and spritzes galore. And don’t stress about the chill factor, there are heaters scattered across the entire terrace to keep you toasty.

Running every Saturday and Sunday from 12-3 (did we mention it’s 3 hours of unlimited cocktails?), The Emerson’s bottomless brunch will set you back $59 a head. If nothing else it’s the perfect excuse to kick-start your Instagram modelling career, with its laid back elegance and picturesque back drops in every direction.

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