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Melbourne Has Taken a New Lover

Melbourne’s iconic Chapel Street has a brand new broody saloon, Lover.

The cocktail bar and dining experience is sparked from the collaboration of Will Newton, former Saigon Sally, and head chef Paul Turner, ex-Cutler and Co., Donovans and Qualia.

Food is served until 1am and consists mainly of share plates, with a few substantial mains on offer. Paul’s signature dishes include pan-fried gnocchi dressed with zucchini along with fresh basil and cheese; Kingfish crudo served with cucumber squeezed yuzu and charred avocado and steak tartare with tarragon, egg yolk and radish. For those who simply can’t decide, there is a $60 ‘Feed Me’ menu bringing together a selection of the best bites.

On the drinks front, there is a curated wine list, spanning local and international wines, and a cocktail menu including bespoke creations, a selection of aperitif style drinks and even a section dedicated to negroni lovers. Its standouts include the Lover Martini and the Orange and Rosemary G&T, with edible flowers and torched rosemary.

Keeping with the mysterious, saloon vibe, the bar is mood-lit and features seating booths tucked away in hidden nooks.

This places oozes cool whilst still maintaining an inviting sense of warmth – the perfect place to take a relaxing drink after clocking off from a long shift.