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Bar Yuletide Pop up

  • Bar Americano 20 Presgrave Place Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia


Bar Americano will be transformed into Bar Yuletide, a magical, festive forest of classic seasonal drinking, for 12 days of Christmas.

We have been celebrating Christmas with our regulars with a special Yuletide tasting menu since our inception on 2011. Bar Americano is many things, but large is not one of them, so tickets for our festive season were snapped up fast, and like Knecht Ruprecht dealing out the pain to naughty children, were saddened to have to turn many poor souls away, their thirst unslaked. This December, though, we’re determined to sprinkle a little more magic elf-dust around the place for a full 12 days of Christmas.

We wish to arouse some of the same dreamy ‘gutmoglichkeit’ of Bavaria’s Christkindlmarkts. Bar Yuletide is here to remind us that Christmas doesn’t have to just involve shopping anxiety, family dramas and bad Secret-Santa gifts from work. With the proximity of the Melbourne Town Hall’s famous Christmas light show (it’s a 30-second walk away), Bar Yuletide could well be the true South Pole of Christmas drinking. 

We have not forgotten the charity roots of previous Yuletide events. All profits from the sale of our famous Glühwein will be donated to the Unicef Christmas Appeal. Our Glühwein is created from robust vintage red wines that have been infused with summer fruits, winter spices and artisan teas. The blend is aged in an oak barrel to bring further harmony to the elixir. 

Of special interest on the menu is the Ghosts of Christmas Past section. These ‘Back to the Future’ cocktails come from the archives of Americano’s bar ancestors, the late, great Der Raum among them, and we’d like to think that they still look ahead of their time today.