The Red Hummingbird

The Red Hummingbird
Lvl 1, 246 Russell St, Melbourne 3000
03 9654 2266

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Finding this rare bird can be tricky, it's in the midst of Russell street at the very back of the QV complex, and of course, in keeping with Melbourne's unofficial secret-tucked-away bars policy there's no sign, just a red cage - blink and you'll miss it - hanging above the door. Walk up a flight of stairs to the main bar, and you'll be greeted by a richly decorated space with gilt-edged mirrors, cushioned wall panels, an open fireplace, intimate lighting, and chocolate-toned red hummingbird wallpaper just so you don't forget the name of the bar after a few drinks.

Up the second flight of stairs is an outdoor rooftop deck with views of the city skyline, and is happily sheltered by tall buildings on both sides so you can be out there on the breeziest nights, making this is probably the cosiest rooftop bar in the city. Great for you die-hard smokers too. There's a super-chic tropical resort vibe with wooden slats on the floor and swinging rattan chairs - you could almost kid yourself that you're in Thailand and not in the Melbourne CBD. The huge Buddha backing onto the tall city buildings is a nice juxtaposition of the sacred and the profane.

I went on a quiet Thursday night and found the staff to be super friendly, unpretentious and eager to please. Call me old fashioned, but great customer service is still important to me.

The Bird has a range of interesting beers, and wine by the glass is available. But really you come here for the cocktails - the list has over 30 to choose from - including the signature 'tail, The Red Hummingbird: Bacardi Gold blended with strawberries, vanilla and guava. Want some vitamins with your alcohol? I do, so next up I had the almost Green Bison with apple Bison vodka, cucumber and kiwi fruit.

DJs in the main bar play chilled out Latin and French grooves on Fridays and Saturdays. There's not much in the way of food, but the staff can order you take out from nearby.

Meri Harli, March 2010


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