Bar Lourinha is one of the most iconic meeting spots in Melbourne. It carries an air of sophistication along with casualness and the ability to sit back in one of its lounges for a tasty meal or cocktail. This place is as popular as it gets and could be defined as being “very Melbourne”.
This is more a bar than a spacious restaurant, with limited space for dining, although that adds to the ambience! Typically you’ll see three or four people crowded around a small space enjoying a shared meal. Love the communal table! Love the lounges! Love the stools along the bar!
The conversation and conviviality generally ramps up as the evening progresses. This place is loud – and why not! Love the features on the walls! Lots of antlers, and plates and prints and geese formations and all sorts of quirk… Who thinks of this stuff?
The barman shakes up the cocktails with passion as the music gets more funky and festive and the conversation gets louder and louder… Some of the music is European and I can’t understand it – but it’s feel good!
Food here is imaginative and first class! Many dishes have Spanish influences and menu includes fresh oysters, chorizo croquetas, grilled lambs tongue, slow cooked beef cheek, kingfish pancetta and crystal bay prawns. As well as amazing desserts such as sovrano and shiraz jelly, spiced chocolate and hazelnut mousse and churros and dulce de leche.
Bar Lourinha is known for its amazing wine list… It features some great European and Australian wines. For example a Terlano schiava from Northern Italy – known as an “Alpine wine”. Also a great fortified selection.
The service is great here with attentive and chic staff who know their food and wines and the little things that make your patronage memorable. One of Melbourne’s best!
Bar Lourinha, 37 Little Collins Street CBD – Bar/Spanish - Food 9 Ambience 9.5