Smart casual drinking – The Smith (Melbourne)

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So, you’ve had enough of the way-too casual and sometimes grungy vibe of lower Chapel Street, or the lack of places to get smart and be seen around Prahran? You want a classy, clean breath of fresh air with fresh food and wine to match? Enter The Smith.

Achieving the delicate balance of being slick but not overly polished, The Smith laments at its gastropub label. It works hard to be more of bar-restaurant, and succeeds. The menu is a United Nations assembly of global classics from sashimi to tapas, tortilla to Thai salad. The focus here is on tasty tapas style bite-sized dishes and share plates, and you can get high just off the smell!

The crowd is well put-together and polished, not unlike the food. Being one of the few more upmarket establishments in the area, it does attract its share of southside beautiful people. But it manages to do this without feeling pretentious, so that regular folk like you and I can enjoy a stylish drink (and maybe a giggle at the Toorak Princesses, daahling) so long as we’re dressed respectably. Busy yet with a relaxed vibe – maybe it’s all the dark brickwork or the parquetry floors, The Smith is a popular venue without getting too packed.

It is on the pricey side, but it’s well worth it if you want to impress, or just feel like doing something a little bit fancier than sticky carpet and old man pubs.

View: www.thesmithprahran.com.auVisit: 213 High Street, Prahran, VIC; Call: +61 3) 9514 2444; Open: Every day 12pm – 1am Wallet: Lunch & Dinner $8 – $40.

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