melbourne: the milton bar opening

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melbourne's elwood area has seen rapid gentrification these past few years, and it's now home to an increasing number of professionals who prefer its laid-back beachside location over the city's hugely popular but overpriced neighbourhoods north of the yarra river. the arrival of a moneyed demographic has already instigated a transformation of the cityscape by a number of new buisnesses, and one that has wowed this picky crowd since its recent launch is the milton. set up by vincent sciglitano and giuliano buttazzoni, two veterans from melbourne's hospitality scene, the place is conceptualized a wine bar with a culinary options. for this project, sciglitano took on the design of the bar – he actually collaborated with local practice biasol: design studio – while his partner, the chef from an establishment next door, selected the menu's wines and cheeses.

an elongated space of 190 sqm. [2,045 sq.ft.], the milton boasts both indoor and outdoor sections with an edgy contemporary feel. the building's original façade has been retained, and this consideration for its history is also evident inside. the setting is one that harmoniously blends the old and the new, featuring a mix of exposed red bricks, brass fixtures, blackened steel wine racks and carrara marble table tops. an elongated and beautifully tiled bar is paired with wall-mounted tables for two, while the back section features a lounge area lined with sofas below a slatted roof. a true bonus is the secluded patio at the far end. the milton lists an impressive number of wines on the menu, both from down under and renowned vineyards abroad. these are complemented by quality cheeses and a wide selection of gourmet bites. location: 134 ormond road [elwood].

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