For those of you who missed the memo The Bar Dream is currently taking place on the level four of the iconic Carlton Hotel. For the month of July six small licensed spaces will be open to the public, making the dream of opening a bar a reality for six creative Melbournites. Each bar has a different theme, for the vintage lovers out there I’m guessing The Sandy Bunker will be the pick of the bunch with it’s 1920’s finery and delicious cocktails. Astor Productions, the team that brought you The Gatsby Winter and Gatsby Spring Soiree, is responsible for the creation of The Sandy Bunker. This glorious vintage cocktail lounge is full of old world charm and sure to impress!
The other bars inhabiting the space are BOM Bar, Azaria Bar, Kan Pai Club & Karaoke, Barriba Bar and Pickleback Bar – you can vote for your favourite bar at The Bar Dream. This fabulous event is on for two more weeks (Friday and Saturday nights only, 8pm-3am), so hop along to enjoy what is sure to be a fun night out!
Oh delicious cocktails where have you been all my life? At The Sandy Bunker apparently! Upon arrival you will be greeted by the friendly faces of Andrew and Sophie, who brought this fabulous bar to life and can assist with your cocktail selection. I had The Mary Pickford which is a delicious concoction with a white rum base. My drinking companions sampled The Aviation and The Jack Rose which both received high praise. The fit out is simple but inspired and makes great use of this small space, you really do feel like you’ve gone back in time… until you wander down the hall and find the Kan Pai Club & Karaoke Bar.
It’s a pity that The Sandy Bunker and the other Bar Dream projects are only temporary, but all the more reason to make sure you get along to one of the remaining three nights of Bar Dream action!
Above: Andrew and Sophie – creators of The Sandy Bunker
Kan Pai Club & Karaoke
Friday and Saturday evenings
193 Bourke Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 9663 3246