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Down The Rabbit Hole: A Fairytale-Themed Bar Has Opened In Melbourne

Down The Rabbit Hole: A Fairytale-Themed Bar Has Opened In Melbourne

There are some stories that stick with you from childhood – those of far flung lands reached through magical cupboards and wizarding schools hidden from view. Now, grown ups can re-live their favourite literary moments at Melbourne’s Storyville bar.


Located on trendy Lonsdale Street, the unique space celebrates all things fantasy and fairytale, but in a chic, grown-up way. Its oversized props were designed by companies that specialise in the creation of film-sets rather than bars, and it shows.

Storyville is split into a number of different sections, each of which have been individually designed. On the first floor is a cocktail bar called the Mushroom Palace, so called for the enormous fungus sprouting from its centre. Adjacent is a private dining room called the Bird Cage.

The dancing happens upstairs, in a Narnia-themed bar, while the Library is next door, a quieter area that’s easy to spot thanks to the giant book spines that line it.

At the bar, the cocktail menu comes in the form of an old-timey story book, and drinks are inspired by some of the literary world’s most whimsical figures.


The Polyjuice (gin, ginger liquer, kiwi, basil and lime), for example, takes a leaf out of J.K. Rowling’s book, allowing punters to mix their own cocktail in a little potions pot. Charlie’s Winning Ticket (vodka, chocolate liquer, vanilla and lavender) comes with its very own golden ticket – and you could even win a prize!

Who said fairytales were just for kids?

How to get to Storyville

  • Fly into Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine)
  • Take the Melbourne Airport SkyBus to Southern Cross Station
  • Take the Belgrave Line to Melbourne Central station
  • Walk 400m (5 minutes)
  • Storyville, 185 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
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(All images: Storyville / Facebook)

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