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The Tippler & Co: Courtyard Launch

The only public courtyard in East Melbourne creates the perfect inner city drinking hide-way this summer

The biggest food and drink secret in East Melbourne has to be The Tippler & Co. While having a small street front presence, its location bursts with plenty of potential within its charming three storey brick building. The Tippler & Co. is the answer for when the city dining and drinking scene has gotten ‘same same’ and something more authentic is required.

Having covered their successful Good Beer Week Event – Once in a BREW MOON – earlier this year, we caught up with the team behind The Tippler & Coto see how this refreshing bar and eatery has progressed.  The visit also marks the launch of their courtyard, a rare find in the East Melbourne area.

What makes The Tippler & Co. special is its ability to create a modern and chic space that not only attracts the locals, but offers a great dining experience. There is suitable bar space to catch up with the lads or to enjoy a superb beer and wine after the game. This has always been the dominant focus for owner Gus McAllister.

“We had a bouncer for two days and nobody came; then we removed the bouncer and everyone came!” reminisced McAllister as he talked about finding that sweet spot of creating The Tippler & Co’s atmosphere. The space in the past has seen its fair share of business failures – McAllister was fully aware of its long list of previous occupiers – but sticking with his vision and exercising patience, The Tippler & Co. is progressing nicely in finding its own individual presence.

The Courtyard

The 30 seater courtyard replicates similar design features as the bar inside – classic yet modern. The combination of the dark walls matched with tanned timber plant features and benches gives life and appeal. This created a comfy, yet relaxing environment. In connection with the courtyard launch, The Tippler & Co. invited micro brewery juggernaut Kaiju to kick start the celebrations.

The Beers

Kaiju offered award winning beers that are delicious and pack a flavourful punch. Each beer has a wacky name and on show was Hopped Out Red Out & Robo Hop Golden Ale. The golden ale was a safe starter with a fine crisp finish, whereas Red Out was adventurous and had a lot of depth. Their apple cider – Golden Axe – which can be tasted at Arbory – is a prime drinking companion for a summer session.

The Food

Roasted Cauliflower Salad [served as a canape]

Roast Beetroot Arancini w punchy gorgonzola sauce

The menu options for the courtyard includes a strong list of bites to share and a few mains from the dinner menu. Key standouts include the incredibly tasty Roast Beetroot Arancini w punchy gorgonzola sauce and the unforgettably Crumbed Taleggio Slider – roast pumpkin, onion jam. The crumbed taleggio cheese is a intense sweet flavour that incorporates beautifully with the natural flavours of the roasted pumpkin. Who can say no to cheese?

Crumbed Teleggio Slider roast pumpkin, onion jam


This summer, The Tippler & Co’s courtyard should be added to the list of new locations to eat and drink. The modern yet relaxing space is the idea spot to sample some fantastic handcrafted beers and a selection of bites to taste while enjoying the sunshine. Being a stone through distance of the CBD and Richmond, people of Melbourne, say hello to The Tippler & Co.

The Tippler & Co. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

58 Wellington Parade
East Melbourne

Opening Hours:
Mon – Tues: Closed
Wed – Fri:    4pm – late
Sat:               12pm – late
Sun:              12pm – 8:30pm

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