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StoryVille, Melbourne, AU-VIC

StoryVille

4.3
4.3
231 Reviews
$40 and under
Cocktail Bar
*please note: during the Comedy Festival (29th March- 24th April) we will not be able to take bookings however please come past for a drink with or without a ticket- no need to book!*

Once upon a time there was a cocktail bar and nightclub in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD called ‘StoryVille’… Styled around childhood fables that we know and love, this fairy tale themed venue offers a truly unique and whimsical experience for those who dare to roam throughout its rooms.

During the week, the Mushroom Palace Cocktail bar, with glowing toadstools sprouting from the walls and chilled out atmosphere, makes an ideal drop in for after work drinks. Take the edge off with one of our signature cocktails, or simply relax with an ice cold beer or glass of Pinot Gris.

From the moment you step through the door into this noir fantasy you’ll discover a world of nostalgia and wonder, where anything is possible.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (03) 9993 9034

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Cross street

    Waratah Place

  • Parking details

    There is plenty of parking across the road at the QV building

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

What 231 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Great for creative cocktails

  • City Centre

    Great for creative cocktails

  • City Centre

    Neighborhood gem

  • City Centre

    Lively

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  1. MP

    MichelleP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    Loved it. So much fun. Didn't have food so the rating should be n/a for that. The staff were great and the cocktails were so yum
  2. AS

    AnnS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Didnt dine but cocktails..they were quite pricey at $22 and $28..but we fid have an idea they could be expensive .the atmosphere was fun, music was great catering for a good age mix..staff really nice..hope they dont hate me but would have loved them.in costumes to add to the atmosphere.. would suggest early dinner drinks to friends and visitors
  3. CP

    CharlieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    StoryVille doesn’t have any food but they have great cocktails and a great vibe and the staff are lovely
  4. E

    Emily

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    really beautifully decorated, felt like such a magical location and the staff were really friendly and the drinks were super cool and exciting and tasty. had a very good time and can reccommend
  5. a

    ashlee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience2
    It was one of those places you have to go to once, to experience. Unfortunately, we were seated in the top level which doesn't have the same ambience and the table was very very small for 5 stools to be around. The top level bathroom is also disgusting. If we knew this when we booked we probably wouldn't have gone. Drinks were theatrical and fun, but not nice. The service was lovely. A real shame as one of our team members has gone previously on the lower level and enjoyed it, but the top isn't it. told my friends to give a pass.
  6. LH

    LuciH

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent cocktails with an even better experience. Staff were incredible.
  7. T

    Teesha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Theatrical cocktail displays by staff were amazing. Cocktail waits were rather short, and considering there was a large hens group at the same time, we never found ourselves waiting too long. DJ was also really good too.
  8. MD

    MichelleD

    Tasmania

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I was really disappointed with this venue. I had been twice approx 4 years ago and it doesn’t even feel like the same place now. Cocktails were nice but the service from bar staff was quite poor and rude. Last time I went there were staff dressed in character and also a magician. This time there was nothing to match the theme. If you look around the place is really dirty as well, the floor was sticky and it smelt old and musty. When we first walked in we were rudely told to wait at the top of the stairs, so not a good first impression. I won’t go back again as it’s lost it character.
  9. NB

    NikkiB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely brilliant cocktails, atmosphere and staff. Just a lovely vibrant cocktail bar. It’s a must xx
  10. GB

    GeorgiaB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food3service3ambience4
    Beautiful venue and lighting, cocktail and bar menu was extensivly long, all for the better. Cocktails were incredible and staff were friendly with everyone despite the business. Well reccomend.

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you Georgia, glad you had a magical night!

  11. NY

    NoraY

    Melbourne

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Cool fairytale decor and nice drinks
  12. CA

    ChantelA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Amazing theatrical cocktails! Was a very magical experience 100% need to go to Storyville at least once for the experience!

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022So happy to hear you had a magical night with us!

  13. L

    Lizzie

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Amazing cocktails but they were very expensive, but loved the cocktail ideas and ambience of the place! The music could have been more to the theme of the bar with potentially fantasy music from the stories where the cocktails were from, but overall loved the place! Xx

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you for the 5 stars and the suggestion Lizzie! We're working on some fun fantasy ideas with our DJ's so we hope you'll be back!

  14. RC

    ReginaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our experience at Storyville, cocktails were amazing and the surroundings were beautiful ! Such a funky bar, we will definitely be back

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you for the review Regina, glad you had a great night!

  15. A

    Angel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The staff was friendly, helpful and customer server is amazing.

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you for the 5 stars Angel! Glad you experienced the magic with us!

  16. KM

    KandyM

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    One of Melbourne's great bars. Fabulous cocktails and staff. Always fun!

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you for the 5 stars Kandy, glad we could bring the magic!

  17. I

    Imagination

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    A highly charged atmosphere with powerful music and wonderful, colorful, delicious cocktails. Come and let your imagination grow.

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you for your wonderful and thoughtful review!

  18. G

    Grace

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was awesome! Although the bathrooms were a but grubby.

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you for the review Grace! And thank you for letting us know :)

  19. LH

    LuciH

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food1service4ambience5
    Only voted poor for food cause they don't serve it haha

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you for the 4 stars Luci! We absolutely wish we had the facilities to serve food!

  20. MJ

    MamaJ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Staff were unfriendly, served drinks differently to how they are portrayed online. When something came out that had smoke or flames, they wouldn’t even give time to take phone out to record or take photos. Over 25min wait for drink order, place was not full and plenty of staff. Seemed like they preferred talking to each other than serving paying customers. Told Storyville was a place to go for an experience. Experienced sub-par service, surely not what the proprietors intended.

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you for your feedback MamaJ, that's certainly not the magic we uphold! We love it when people take photo's of the cocktails, so this is very surprising to hear. It sounds like it was a busy time for cocktail dispatch, which is a different system to regular drinks, so we appreciate the feedback so we can make your experience better.

  21. R

    Rani

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the most amazing time, staff were fantastic, environment was a vibe and drinks were crazy good. Highly recommend.

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you for the review Rani!

  22. C

    Charlie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was so much fun! a great atmosphere and love lovee the theme and decor that makes it feel so much more magical! 10/10

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you for the great review! We're so happy you had a wonderful 5 star, 10/10 night!

  23. R

    Robyn

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Drinks were fantastic, service was fantastic, atmosphere was fantastic. Music could have been a little more varied, but was at the perfect volume. The popcorn we got was okay, the other girls I was with really enjoyed it, would have loved to see a couple more simple options available on the menu. Was a bit disappointed that our second booking was cancelled to make way for another party, but we still had seats and a table for our drinks, so wasn't a catastrophe. This is my favourite bar in the world by a long shot, i'll continue to return there over and over again. 😊

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you for your feedback Robyn! We're glad you had a wonderful night, and appreciate you working with us to accomodate as many people as possible!

  24. JB

    JessB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Great service and cocktails but was sad to find out the mushroom room was under construction so we weren't able to go in there

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you for your 3 stars Jess, sorry your visit was over some maintenance time, we hope you'll visit again to experience the mushrooms!

  25. RB

    RhiannonB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Storyville was an incredible experience for those who fancy a cocktail surrounded by incredible & friendly bar staff, who love to get into character. It was also great to grab a late table and stay until it turned into a club afterwards, will be back again!

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thanks for the great review Rhiannon!

  26. RG

    RachG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    Fun bar with great decor, yummy cocktails & fantastic staff.

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you Rach!

  27. CW

    CharlotteW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here while on a trip from interstate after seeing the place on TikTok, Was not disappointed. Such a fun vibe. Cocktails were awesome- pity I couldn’t try them all. Staff were fun and friendly. Would definitely recommend to others and will definitely come back next time we are in Melbourne.

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you for making us a stop on your trip to Melbourne, we hope you return some time! We appreciate your review so much!

  28. HK

    HarryK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, fantastic vibe, friendly staff, interesting cocktails but delicious. Overall great experience, will return for sure!

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you for your review Harry!

  29. C

    Caitlin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always a super nice place to go to for a cute mood setting! Mushroom Palace has the most amazing lighting!

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you Caitlin, we're glad you enjoyed our magic mushrooms!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    Needed more staff on for faster service. Staff were lovely and drinks were nice. Thanks for a fun evening

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you for the feedback! We're always working to balance staff numbers, we're sorry it affected your night and hope you'll join us again!

  31. EP

    EmmaP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience3
    I was really excited to come here with my friend Saturday 17th September for the cocktail theatre experience. We won’t be returning. The experience was really disappointing and poor value for money. I ordered a Poly Juice potion after the menu description sold it as a creative number and my friend ordered the golden snitch. The PJ potion came out and the bar tender said a speech in character and then poured a vial into my glass with some cotton candy floating in it. That was it. So limp and lifeless I just started laughing out of embarrassment like is this the entirety?The snitch looked decent with swirls of glitter but poor effort decor wise - two pieces of cheap white chocolate stick to the side of the glass? $40+ in so far - literally laughed out loud when they arrived - they were the smallest cocktails we’d ever seen. We both agreed maybe we’d ordered poorly and decided to order two down the rabbit hole teas as they seemed like a better choice as it’s a weekly surprise ( each one is supposed to serve two people - I’m so glad we ordered two, because again they were just so tiny) and a good book - that was probably the only decent cocktail even being tiny again, it was pretty much a margarita shot no salt. $80+ in now. The theatrics just weren’t really as full on either, as we were hoping for a cocktail theatre and being in a venue such as Storyville, we definitely expected so much more creative flare and showcase especially with the prices being charged. Approximately $120+ for a 1.45 sitting to drink shots in fancy form. So disappointed 😔

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Hi Emma, thank you for your detailed feedback, we're sorry you didn't enjoy your experience with us! We work with very experienced mixologists to curate our cocktail menu, and can confirm that they are definitely not shot sized (30 ml) and are cocktail strength, but perhaps not to your taste. We'd be happy to recommend other cocktails next time that aren't as concentrated (ie. served in a bigger glass) and have different stories and theatrics (we think you'd love the Goblet of Flames!)

  32. KB

    KatieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Highlight of our trip Cocktails were amazing

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022So glad you loved your time with us Katie! So happy we could be a highlight of your trip :)

  33. TG

    TamsinG

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time and really enjoyed it. Got accosted by a drunk man ( no idea how he got in or served) but staff dealt with him extremely well and removed him from our table as requested - much appreciated.

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you Tamsin, we work hard to make sure all our guests are safe and happy, so glad we upheld the magic!

  34. TR

    TaraR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing bartenders, super energetic, amazing cocktails and atmosphere

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you Tara! Glad you had a magical time!

  35. S

    Shelly

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    What an amazing adventure, high energy atmosphere and staff! Fun loving people will love it! It was a blast! Drinks were a little pricey but fun.

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you for the 5 stars and lovely review Shelly!

  36. AS

    AlexS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    We had an amazing, fun night - our server was so energetic and attentive and made us feel welcome, the drinks were delicious though we expected a bit more theatre. And the goblet of fire was missing sadly. It was very noisy but apart from that it was absolutely brilliant. Thank you for a great night!!

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you for the review Alex so glad you had a magical night with us!

  37. NM

    NaddyaM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Went there for the first time with a friend on the 8 /9/22. No food or snacks ( not even popcorn as per menu) Some cocktails were not available sbd I think m prize was over rated

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you for the feedback Naddya, so sorry to hear you didn't experience the magic! With supplies in flux sometimes we do our best to keep up, but can appreciate how annoying it is when things are out of stock. We hope it can bring it up to a 5 star experience next time!

  38. S

    Samb

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The drink was horrible. The atmosphere was awful and the staff were not friendly at all. I would not recommend it.

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you for your feedback Samb, we're sorry you didn't have a magical night with us.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food1service4ambience5
    It was a great night for a birthday with great friends. The staff were friendly, one man sat with us and told a little story which was great. The other servers felt rushed. I ordered a drink which came in a book. I never actually saw the book, she just got the drink and gave it to me then took the book away. I would have liked to open it myself and be able to take photos. I understand they need the props but I think to leave it for 5 minutes so people can enjoy the experience they are ordering would be good. Some drinks weren’t available, but overall it was a great night!

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you for your review and feedback, we'll pass it on for future photo takers!

  40. TM

    TammyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience4
    We had an excellent experience, only made better by Des who was our waiter, he had a wonderful and entertaining sense of humour. We would recommend it as an experience for anyone. My companion doesn't drink but enjoyed her mocktail.

    StoryVilleResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you for your wonderful review Tammy! Des is an absolute gem aren't they!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

StoryVille is rated 4.3 stars by 231 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for StoryVille

185 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Waratah Place

  • Neighborhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    There is plenty of parking across the road at the QV building

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

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