Late Night Drinking

Bar Ampere


4.5 / 5 3 / 5

May 11, 2018

An eccentric and alluring cocktail bar in Melbourne, Bar Ampere is a place where retro art, fashion, and design merge with the modern cocktail world.

Bringing retro European Futurist touches together with modern cocktail-making prowess, Bar Ampere has created something truly special in Melbourne.
The brainchild of a team that has already brought forth a handful of successful venues to the city, Bar Ampere’s appeal starts at the front door.

You will find the entrance entrenched under a series of portico-style stone arches, immediately transporting you to the Old Continent. It’s not the romantic Europe of gondolas and medieval towns however, but the Europe of the Futurist movement of the early 20th Century. Futurists were an interesting bunch to say the least, and their obsession with technology transformed the arts of their day. Their influence is still felt at Bar Ampere, with intriguing touches like an antique industrial circuit board, a bar backed by a wall of imported European bottles, striking street art, a green leather banquette reminiscent vintage car seating, and a spectacular sparkling light fixture that looks as if it is made of two dangling atoms destined to crash into each other.

As thought-provoking as the interior is, it’s the tipples that impress us the most, with an impressive modern wine list combining with a drinks card that pays homage to the digestifs, aperitifs, and cocktails popular during the era of Futurist Europe. The absinthe at Bar Ampere is even dispensed from a proper vintage fountain, completing the transformation to another time and place – or is that just the wormwood kicking in?

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