There are several options at both Southbank Theatre and Arts Centre Melbourne, or within walking distance.
Perfect for a light refreshment, the Foyer Bars offer a broad selection of Victorian food and confectionery and showcase local wine and beer brewers.
Together with Script Bar & Bistro, Southbank Theatre’s Tonks Bar (located on Level 1) offers a selected menu for pre-show dining. The Tonks Bar is open from 90 minutes prior to show time with pre-show dining orders available until 45 mins prior to your performance.
Downstairs Bistro and Lounge is located on Sturt Street, 750 metres from Southbank Theatre. Downstairs Bistro & Lounge offers a relaxed space from casual drinks to the full dining experience. The comfortable lounge areas complimented with the bar and communal table seating, flow through to the modern bistro dining room followed by the outside terraces — accommodating all occasions. Downstairs menu features fresh seasonal produce offering a variety dining options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, accompanied with a diverse selection of beverages. View the Pre Theatre dining menu here.
The Langham, Melbourne’s signature restaurant is named after Melbourne’s world famous opera performer, Dame Nellie Melba, who in her time enjoyed a long and well-deserved reputation for tasteful performances.
Melba at The Langham Melbourne is similarly spectacular, engaging, and constantly evolving, with cuisines prepared from the fresh harvest of Victoria’s bountiful farmlands and the rich Tasman Sea.
Within the Theatre building, Script Bar & Bistro offers predominantly Italian-style menu and uses seasonal produce, sourced locally where possible, to create approachable dishes for the entire family showcasing the best Victoria has to offer. Visit the Script Bar & Bistro website for bookings and more information. Book early to secure a table.
There are a variety of restaurants, cafes, and takeaway outlets within the Southgate Complex, located on the banks of the Yarra River.
Taxi Kitchen is located in Melbourne’s famous Federation Square just upstairs from the iconic Transport bar. Its sleek design and glass walls showcase Melbourne’s skyline with views across the Yarra River and Arts Precinct across to Southbank and Flinders Street Station. It’s an ideal destination for a pre or post-show meal or drink that is sure to complement your evening.
Taxi Kitchen is offering MTC ticketholders a three-course meal for $55pp upon presentation of your ticket. This offer is available form 5pm to 7pm every day, and if you’re in a rush they’ll hold your dessert until after the show!
The Deck Southbank has been a proud sponsor of MTC since 2002. Located on the Upper Level of The Southgate Complex with iconic Melbourne views across the Yarra River and the city skyline, it is an ideal venue for pre & post theatre meal or drink.
The Deck offer a 2 or 3 Course Pre-Theatre Menu which includes a glass of Prosecco or Wine for $45 & $55 respectively. Or you can simply dine from the A La Carte Menu which changes weekly. Described by The Good Food Guide 2018 `As the Pre-Theatre Specialist’, The Deck is open 7 days for lunch from Midday & dinner from 5pm. If you would like to make a booking, please call 9699 9544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Up on the roof overlooking Federation Square, the expansive views from the Transit Rooftop Bar and balcony stretch from the MCG to Southbank, taking in the Botanical Gardens, Yarra River and Melbourne Art Centre precinct. Seven days a week, guests enjoy a range of beers, wines and spirits plus bespoke cocktails and food crafted direct from Tony Twichett’s team at the onsite Taxi Kitchen.
Prohibition Hour at Transit runs from 5pm – 7pm weekdays with $10 selected cocktails, $6 house wines, $6 tap beers and cider and $6 basic spirits.