Amelia Shaw occupies the upper floor of Brunswick pub legend the Retreat, and this high-falutin' lady is just as elegant and sophisticated as her nether regions are beer stained and rowdy. Like a bonnet, on a bogan…
…The drinks, meanwhile, are all Australian. On the rail is Tromba tequila, West Winds gin, Tassie vodka 666, and as many Australian infused liqueurs as they could get their mitts on. The result is a cocktail list of classics with a Dame Edna accent.
Gemima Cody, TimeOut Melbourne
…that prohibition-era vibe so often promised – yet so rarely found – is alive and well at Amelia Shaw. If you took away the smartphones and DJ, it could be 1930, or 1965, or 1985. Who knows? Who cares? The place is timeless.
Michael Ryan, The City Weekly
I love you, Sydney, but Melbourne has better bars. Stat.
Jen Bishop, Interiors Addict
My favourite parts are the round pool table, the mystery safe that no-one knows the code to, and the old fashioned peep show (handmade by a guy named Gonzales). I can already see Brunswick’s literary types gathering around the fireplace with red wine, gesticulating wildly about the state of the world.
Sam West, The Thousands
Melbourne’s inner Northeast is pretty popular with the kids in skinny jeans. And now Amelia Shaw has come to add a touch of fancy to those pants…
…Amelia Shaw feels a bit like walking onto a film set the first time round. The bar is split up into medium sized rooms, each with an eclectic mix of 20′s, 30′s and 40′s artwork and fittings, with some Southern Californian and Cuban influences thrown in.
Nick Hadgelias, Papillionaire
The hand-painted geometric murals offer up some Miami Beach cool, whilst the sheer array of unconventional vintage pieces – such as 1960s Japanese hotel lobby light fixtures – afford the space a kind of ‘living museum’ vibe; don yourself a pastel blue suit, quaff some of the bar’s ’60s inspired cocktails, and you could easily find yourself floating away into another world…
James Davidson, We Heart
The cocktail menu is straight out of Palm Springs in the 60s, keeping in theme with the interior's salubrious and airy nonchalance.
Harry Azidis, Broadsheet Melbourne
Be sure to check out the peep show on the back wall of the main bar where every one of the five view finders gives you a naughty visual treat that might even bring a blush to Amelia Shaw’s cheeks.