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 & Co. to 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 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.
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 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?
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.
58 Wellington Parade
Mon – Tues: Closed
Wed – Fri: 4pm – late
Sat: 12pm – late
Sun: 12pm – 8:30pm