At first glance, you might think this cosy bar seems to have all sorts of random nic-nacks on the walls, none of which seem to follow any certain theme. But thats its thing - the collection of random objects all over the place.
Bar Lourinhã is one of those cosy table-service bars where you will have an endless number of topics to talk about with your friends. Or if you are going it alone, with the bar staff. The walls of this bar are reminiscant of a bowerbird nest. You start to get the feeling after looking around that there seems to be a mild spanish or mexican theme to the objects, but then something random stands out and you're left wondering - how does this all fit together?
The drinks menu is several pages long, with a range of tasty cocktails, beers and ciders, a wide selection of wines, and of course spirits of different varieties. Whatever your poison, its pretty certain that they have it. And if they don't, the staff are happy to arrange something for you that fits with your taste quite nicely.
On to the staff, this crew are some of the chattier ones that I've struck in my time in Melbourne. Happy to have a fun conversation about anything, not just the unique objects on the wall or the type of alcohol you prefer. Our waitress was telling us about her Bali holiday plans and how she was flying out the following morning. Kudos to her for working the night shift and then flying to Bali in the morning, I wouldn't have been able to do it.
The food menu, while a bit short, is quite special. Chef Matt McConnell, who has been a staple in the Melbourne bar and restaurant scene for quite some time now, and is also the owner of the bar, has created a unique menu that comprises of a variety of tapas and mains inspired by his jouneys throughout Europe. And if you aren't sure about the menu, ask the staff, there are some "secret" specials that you'll find quite amazing!
Musically, you'll find your usual background bar music, nothing that stands out, but you don't go to this bar for the music.
Overall, Bar Lourinhã is a great place to enjoy some social drinks without the need to worry about lining up at the bar. Definitely worth taking a look at.