Quality Hotel Taylors Lakes
7 Melton Highway
Taylors Lakes, VI 3038
Phone: (61) 3 92179500
Fax: (61) 3 93909609
Bars & Cafes
Westend Market Hotel is a sports bar that is ideal for a night out with friends; you can also play pool or simply enjoy a chilled beer here. You can hire the place for private events and functions too. Check website for details.
This cafe offers some of the finest views available of the Maribyrnong river. Groups of friends and extended families meet here for brunch (Eggs Benedict, antipasto platters, tapas) or a leisurely lunch (Veal Spezzatino Casserole, Tasmanian Smoked Salmon Roulade). The sheltered terrace, with its heaters is a great place to catch the sun on a chilly day.
The Coolaroo Hotel comprises a bistro, bar as well as spaces for private bookings and events. To top it all, there is limited accommodation as well. A perfect place for absolute fun and enjoyment for all.
Images of the Far East spring to mind when relaxing under Jack Satay Bar's spinning fans and sitting back in the rattan chairs. The menu with spinach and seafood laksa also helps contribute to the distinctive eastern feel. Since 1989, Jack's has been serving the Moonee Ponds area, and doing a good job of it. Jack's delivery car can be seen speeding down the streets taking taste sensations direct to people's doors. However, with unique dishes to sample, Jack's is well worth treating yourself to an in-house visit. Fully licensed.
When seeking an evening of music and sheer relaxation, choosing the Cubbyhouse Lounge Bar as your destination would be a smart decision. The evenings are made spirited and zestful with live music and DJ nights making the place a fun night hang out with cronies. For the local night prowlers or just the young collegian wishing for a zingy night, the place organizes theme nights and special entertainment programs. The bar is also equipped to cater to private parties and business functions with special catering menus. For further information, log on to their website. The place is open all days except Wednesdays.
Filling in the void left behind with the closure of the excellent venue called The Arthouse, The Reverence Hotel gives a boost to the live music scene in Melbourne. It has two acoustically exquisite band rooms that are used for hosting artists and bands, both local as well as those on tour. With the likes of Lincoln le Fevre, The Hawaiian Islands and Hoodlum Shouts having performed here already, you can vouch on this place for a great time. On days other than concerts, you can visit the stunningly decorated watering hole in the front which serves Guinness, Carlton Draught, Coopers and Pure Blonde brews on tap. You can also sit out on its beer garden and bask in the sun during the day with your friends. The kitchen at the back serves freshly prepared pizzas for those looking to grab a bite along with the beer. Call ahead or visit their website for more information.
Pepper is a café that's trendy without taking itself too seriously. Stainless steel and modern art mix with furniture that could well have come from a salvage yard. Locals congregate at tables under the veranda to tuck into dishes such as Smoked Salmon on Homemade Potato Latkes and Sweetcorn Hotcakes. On three evenings a week, the standard menu gives way to a feast of gourmet thin-crust pizzas. Alcohol is available and, judging by the popularity of its take-away coffee, the café also makes an impressive cuppa.
This cozy café is also a second-hand bookshop with tables tucked between the shelves. Diners can pore over the titles for sale while filling up on cooked breakfasts, a warm drink and healthy lunches (pides, wraps, bagels and smoothies). Literary quotes are chalked onto the black walls and menus are wrapped around the covers of vintage books. Like a favorite book, the atmosphere here is homey and comforting. A scattering of 1950s furniture, a pot-bellied stove and biscuits and slices like Grandma used to bake all make this an inviting place to browse or meet with friends.
Fringe, just a short tram ride from Flemington Racecourse and right in the heart of Flemington's shopping and café precinct, bridges the divide between pub and cafe. The feel is casual and eclectic, with electric-red feature walls, Corinthian columns, and conical light fittings share the space with comfy seventies couches. The menu stays safely in the comfort zone. They offer a selection of grilled items and popular varieties of pizza and pasta. Theme nights, such as Poker Night, Uni Night and Eighties Music Night, are held regularly and DJs provide a lively music mix.
The Quiet Man Irish Pub is a seminal member of the city's burgeoning Irish scene. It boasts of a restaurant, bar, live bands, regular competitions and drinking clubs, a bottle shop, and a quarterly newsletter. Along with token Irish paraphernalia, the interior is adorned with wooden tables, floors, benches and booths helping to further amplify the shrill sounds of fiddle and guitar. Roasts, stews, platters, seafood and poultry in generous servings, ideally to be enjoyed on a cold winter's evening is also made available. And, of course, there is plenty of Guinness on tap and pint-sized Irish beers to boot.
This cozy café, snuggled into a corner of Bellair Street, offers an extensive range of foods, from build-your-own cooked breakfasts to gourmet wood-fired pizzas. Authentic Thai food is also available at Corner on Bellair, with dishes such as Masuman Curry and Green Curry cooked by the Thai co-owner, Noi. The menu reveals an appreciation for quality ingredients. The hot chocolate is made with real chocolate and the breads come from Phillippa's, one of Melbourne's premier bakeries. The cafe also attracts diners with its warm, eclectic decor.
The vinyl era music scene lives again at White rabbit Record Bar. This unique establishment is a second-hand record shop, bar, café and music venue all rolled into one. The decor is an eclectic mix of retro finds, including orange pendant lights, string-bead curtains and cushions in bright geometric-print fabrics. The place really comes alive on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, when guest DJs rock the place to a retro beat. Do check website for further details.