Hey, we should catch up before Christmas.”

Tanya Simpson of Crazy Tan answers the age old question. Where to go? And more importantly, who to take where?

Here’s how to nail your silly season social life on Chapel Street.

It’s a crazily busy time for everyone so if you’re struggling to fit another night out into your jam packed calendar – or just having an alcohol free day – head to Lucky Penny for brunch or lunch.  Everyone in your posse will find something delicious to eat while you swap stories on the crap Kris Kringle gift you got at work. Not only do they have some of the best coffee on Chapel Street, their range of breakfasts, salads and bowls will feed your soul AND your belly.  Vegetarians and Vegans will be super happy too.  Don’t worry, if you’re up for a few bubbles, they have a full drinks menu.

481 Chapel Street, South Yarra

A relative newbie in High Street, Neptune will become a favourite if you’re looking for a great atmosphere and modern Mediterranean food … not to mention a long list of signature cocktails and classics for you and your bestie to work your way through, whether you like your drinks sweet, sticky or crisp.  If cocktails aren’t your thing, they have a great wine and beer list too.  

212 High Street, Windsor

If you and your work buddies decide seeing each other daily isn’t enough (or the boss won’t spring for a Christmas party) invite them out for a night of drinks and fun at Two Wrongs.  Or maybe try one of their flavoured sodas if you’re looking for a ‘dry’ option.  This cool bar has a brilliant atmosphere and if you get bored chatting to Betty the receptionist, you can spend the night people watching – and that’s just the bar staff.  Peckish? They have burgers, hotdogs and sides to keep you going all night, thanks to Easey’s.  Did someone say Mac’n’Cheese?

637 Chapel Street, South Yarra

It’s important to impress new friends so head to Wilson & Market, open from morning to night with great spaces and a focus on fresh and seasonal produce.  Their breakfast menu will make you wonder how you ever ate rice bubbles … smashed pea and avocado toast or eggs en cocotte, spiced lamb and breakfast fattoush.  Name drop by mentioning you’re drinking St Ali coffee. Looking to really celebrate?  Try a late lunch in the lifestyle café or their restaurant for dinner.  Their list of mouth watering dishes is way too long, but consider sustainable fish, a rotisserie bar (chicken like you’ve never experienced), a crustacean and oyster bar … plus organic and biodynamic vegetables.  This is a place for foodies, great friends and anyone who wants to impress.   Make sure you leave room for dessert.  It’s next level.  

163 – 185 Commercial Road, South Yarra

We all have them. The friend you only catch up because you ‘really should see them”. You hang out a few times a year because you’re both so busy, and although you’re growing apart, it’s still really nice to see them (when you get a chance). Start with a drink and a few nibbles at Roc’s Bar before catching a movie. You can find out what’s happening in their life over an espresso martini, then you you get a little break from talking for the next two hours.

500 Chapel Street, Prahran

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