Words by: Ryan Smith
Photography by: Sharking For Chips & Ryan Smith
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon down on the banks of the Yarra River, my lovely wife and I headed over to the newly opened Plus 5 Bar.
The bar is located on South Wharf Promenade, where Shed 5 previously held residence.
We were greeted upon our arrival and seated at a table outside with a view of the river – prime location to enjoy the afternoon sun.
After browsing through Plus 5 Bar’s extensive cocktail list, it was decided (after some handy recommendations by their friendly staff) that we would begin with a Lipstick Rose Shed 5 for the lady (Bollinger, Rose syrup & Peychaud Bitters) and a Pineapple & Sage Margarita for myself (Tromba Tequila, Agave Syrup, Fresh Lime, Pineapple Juice & Sage).
We then opted to try some of the enticing tapas items on the menu. We weren’t quite sure what we felt like eating so we decided to put our faith in the chef. It was definitely a great decision. Each dish brought a freshness and simplicity that complemented the cocktails. We enjoyed the Ham, Artichoke, Olive, Mushroom & Mozzarella pizza, the Swiss Brown Mushrooms with Parmesan Breadcrumbs, the Lamb Meat Balls with Pine Nuts, Sultanas and Minted Yoghurt and the Cold Smoked Salmon with Preserved Lemons, Avocado & Almonds.
We then got a sneak preview of a new cocktail yet to make its way to the menu. It was a twist on their White Gin Fizz with fresh mango instead of lemon. This unnamed cocktail was amazingly refreshing which will make a wonderful addition to their summer menu.
Plus 5 Bar is new on the scene at South Wharf and they provide a different vibe to the existing venues. They put more focus on their extensive and creative cocktail menu and insist that the tapas is really just to compliment the cocktails.
The cocktails are amazing and the tapas are reasonably priced and genuinely tasty. They also have some excellent plans to create a lounge area overlooking the river which will create a laid back atmosphere that few places in South Wharf can offer.
I personally can’t wait to get back down there on a nice summers day and relax with a few cocktails while taking in the views of the Yarra River and Melbourne city.
Mon – Wed 12pm – 11pm
Thu – Sat 12pm – 1am
Sun 12pm – 11pm