Friday, July 20, 2012

Discovery night #3

Discovery night 3 was transferred to the city to make it easier to get to St Kilda to catch Orsome Welles at the Espy.

First stop was the Cricketers Bar at the Windsor, which sadly has had a makeover which has not really improved it. Little Creatures is no longer on tap and the lettering on the window has been replaced. Luckily I still have a photo of that beautiful old window.

Cricketers Bar
Cricketers Bar
For discovery dinner we decided to try Cumulus Inc, which does not take bookings. We were advised to return in half an hour when a table would be available. The Atrium Bar at the Sofitel was just over the other side of Flinders Lane so we whiled away a happy half hour with a Pilsner Urquell, a French sparkling in a funny shaped glass and a malt whisky. No trip to the Atrium is complete without the obligatory trip to the bathroom, with its spectacular view over the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

Back over the road to Cumulus Inc, where we were informed that there was no table available after all, either then or at any foreseeable time in the future. This is one restaurant we will not be bothering to visit again.

Tazio came to the rescue with quick and friendly service, a great beer list (we chose Hawthorn pale) and two fabulous pizzas: potato and blue cheese; and tomato, chilli and prawns.

After a lovely meal we walked up to Bourke Street from Flinders Lane to catch the 96 tram to St Kilda, arriving at the Espy just in time for the spectacular Orsome Welles performance. For once Discovery Night was not just about the food.

Espy band room
Espy band room

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