Glamorous Bar Bambi brings Carbonara Jaffles and a Negroni fountain to Original Cherry Bar

Bambi Bar looks like the darling of a NYC and LA dinner club, with old-fashioned Italian vibes for good measure – from the sparkling vintage Murano chandelier (with its 150 dark pink globes) to the expansive green marble bar and hammered brass rear bar. And then there’s the grand piano and the neon pink “Bar Bambi” sign above a private “rock star” dining area. The latest addition of AC / DC Lane, in the original Cherry Bar location, lets the good times pass.

From brothers Nick and Daniel Russian, he shares his name with – and is inspired by – a bar their nonno ran 80 years ago in his hometown of Trieste, in northern Italy.

The layout is the collective work of Nick and Daniel, and famous designer David Hicks. “We wanted to do old in a new way,” says Nick. There are curves throughout with dark wavy paneled walls, mission brown velvet banquettes meeting the arches of the walls on either side of the dining room, and recessed lighting that gives a soft glow to the rendered white ceiling. Tables are topped with crisp white tablecloths, each with a mushroom-shaped brass lamp and plush pink velvet chairs.

“For me, food is trendy,” says chef Salvatore Giorgio (formerly of Postmistress). “So while you have to have the basics, you have to evolve over time as well. He has concocted an Italian-centric menu of plates to share that begins with all kinds of antipasti, grilled lamb arrosticini (kebabs) and a jaffle carbonara, then progresses to pork cotoletta on the bone and grilled spatchcock butterfly. Or you can go quite classic with creamy cacio e pepe spaghetti; rich and spicy vodka pasta; or a pizza from the bar menu. Soon there will also be a very luxurious traveling cart filled with oysters and caviar.

Chief mixologist Matt Ambler, meanwhile, has compiled a long list focused on Negroni that includes versions made with mezcal, coffee and granita. And for group bookings, you can splash around on a majestic Negroni fountain. Other signature cocktails include the citrus Chinotto Fizz and the decadent Tiramisu Martini.

The wine list is a concise edition of predominantly Italian grape varieties, sourced from both Australian and Italian winemakers. There are also a few magnums listed, which suits the space.

Thursdays are piano nights, while Fridays and Saturdays there will be nightly dinners and back-to-back DJ sets. And spritz Sundays will also include the piano.

Nick says the focus won’t be just on food, drink or entertainment; instead, he tries to find a perfect balance between the three. For Nick, who runs and organizes the events company Together and who previously owned the Eve nightclub with his brother Daniel, “This is the next evolution in the nightlife business, in our opinion… We don’t want people to feel like they are stepping into a nightclub We want people to feel like stepping into a fancy room.

“You can come over for a bite to eat, and it can turn into a little party later in the night.”

Bambi bar officially opens its doors on Thursday 11 November.

Bambi Bar

AC / DC Lane, Melbourne

Hours:

Wed to Sat 5 p.m.-late

Sun 12 p.m.-late

barbambi.com.au

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