Bring on the Bubbles
It’s Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne, one of my favourite events on the city’s calendar. Aside from the spring weather, public holiday and socialising, the best part of Spring Racing Carnival is the effort that everyone makes to dress up for the races. It’s wonderful!
The carnival brings out Melbourne’s classiest (just ignore the trashiness that results in Flemington‘s General Admission at the end of every Melbourne Cup Day), so it’s champagne time of course. Delicious champagne cocktails.
To make a champagne cocktail you need a sugar cube, bitters, brandy, sparkling wine and a red maraschino cherry to garnish. On such an occasion as this you also need a lovely bar with high quality champagne and a fabulous view.
Technically not a bar, per se, but an excellent restaurant with good cocktails and a champagne list to die for, this is a good choice of venue for the mature and civilised. In this instance, it was perfect for my relaxed Spring Racing Carnival tipple. Windows and displays right around the bar and restaurant celebrate the world’s finest champagne brands including Moët, Veuve Clicquot, Chandon and Dom Perignon.
Set right on the waterfront in Melbourne’s Southgate precinct, the view of the city skyline over the Yarra River on a warm spring evening was breathtaking. As expected, Southgate was alive with the public holiday crowd enjoying the long weekend. Quietly sipping on a delicious champagne cocktail made all this a truly exceptional experience.
Shop 20, Southgate Precinct, 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald