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Life's Too Short Bar, East Melbourne, AU-VIC

Life's Too Short Bar

5.0
5
1 Review
$40 and under
Wine Bar
Overview
Wine Bar, European, French

LIFE’S TOO SHORT BAR is Melbourne’s most romantic hidden gem, housed in the 160-year-old bluestone cellars of the former Victoria Brewery. With around 28 wines by the glass, over 40 cocktails and 12 eclectic brews, there’s also an extensive European-themed gluten-free and coeliac-safe tapas and dining menu available from early afternoon until 11pm at night. There’s also an old and rare cellar wine list available with wines up to 20 years old.

Visiting Life’s Too Short is unlike most other dining experiences – it’s more like visiting a private lounge room than a bar, with super comfy chairs and couches and relaxing bossa-nova jazz. Rotating art exhibitions on the gallery walls and live jazz most Thursdays means there’s always something new to see and hear ... and whether it be cocktails, wine or food, there’s always something new to try!

FRONTLINE DISCOUNT: Medical staff, police, Abulance and Firefighters can enjoy 10% off their bill. ID required.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Wine Bar, European, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    0416 088 000
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Sigrid de Castella
  • Private party facilities
    As a tiny bar we have the flexibility to open on special days and to accomodate your private functions seven days a week. From lavish 8-course degustation dinners for 4 to 12 people, seated affairs for up to 28 people, right up to and cocktail & canapé events for up to 40 people. Please contact us to discuss your corporate, group, or private needs.
  • Area
    East Melbourne
  • Cross Street
    We are located in the centre of the Tribeca Arcade, near the IGA
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    TRAM Routes 109 or 12, Stop 16 Wellington Street / BUS routes 246, 302, 303, 304, 305 & 309 Clarendon St or Smith St along Victoria Parade / TRAIN stops North Richmond or Jolimont (5 minute walk)
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Wine
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Experiences

  • 25% Off Your Food Bill with any Eligible Drink

    Multiple dates available
    Dine early and enjoy 25% your food bill when you purchase any eligible full-priced drink. CONDITIONS: Discounted dining available from open, last orders at 5:30PM. Minimum purchase of one eligible beverage per diner (mocktail, cocktail or full-priced wine). This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other specials, promotions or drink specials.
    25% Off Your Food Bill with any Eligible Drink photo
  • Back-vintage Wine Flights

    $30.00 per person

    21 Feb - 29 Dec 2024
    Love fine wine? Re-experience the joy of cellared (older) vintages with a customised back-vintage flight of new and old-world wines from Australia and overseas. Enjoy 4, 6 or 8 wines (50ml pours) with optional matched artisan cheeses and/or salamis and a little wine education.
    Back-vintage Wine Flights photo
  • Live Jazz with $10 Credit from 7PM until 10PM

    $11.50 per person

    Prepaid

    22 Feb - 19 Dec 2024
    Join us for a groovy night of jazz in the heart of Melbourne! Every Thursday night, experience the magic of live music in the historic Bluestone Cellar, which dates back to 1854. Get ready to tap your feet and sway to the rhythm as our talented musicians play their own unique style of jazz at Life's Too Short Bar - from reinterpretations of jazz classics, to jazz manouche, and even jazz-blues. Join us from 6PM for dinner and drinks, musicians play from 7PM until 10PM every Thursday. Why book? It helps us to staff up for events. You get the best seats in the house AND a $10 per ticket credit against your F&B on the night, making your ticket fee almost free!
    Live Jazz with $10 Credit from 7PM until 10PM photo

Offers

  • $18 Espresso Martini Royales

    21 Feb - 29 Dec 2024
    Sun - 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm,Wed - Thu - 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm,Fri - Sat - 3:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Come and put arguably Melbourne's best Espresso Martini to the test for $18, all day every day, as long as you ask nicely. Featuring fresh-pulled Code Black 3056, top-shelf spirits and two extra special secret ingredients, it's not just a Martini, it's a Royale.
    $18 Espresso Martini Royales photo
  • Back-vintage Wines for a tiny $8?

    21 Feb - 27 Dec 2024
    Wed - Thu - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Each Wednesday & Thursday, grab yourself a bargain at Melbourne's best and oldest Happy Hour with $8 back-vintage (old) wines, NV Yarra Valley Sparkling, and a bloody good Hargreaves Hill craft lager. The kitchen is open so there's also plenty of tapas and share plates available to nibble on too.
    Back-vintage Wines for a tiny $8? photo
  • TGIF: Back-vintage Wines for $8!

    21 Feb - 27 Dec 2024
    Fri - 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Thank God it's Friday! Relax and grab yourself a bargain at Melbourne's best Happy Hour with $8 back-vintage (old) wines, NV Yarra Valley Sparkling, and a bloody good Hargreaves Hill craft lager. The kitchen is open so there's also plenty of tapas and share plates available to nibble on.
    TGIF: Back-vintage Wines for $8! photo

What people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

5.0
5 based on all time ratings
  • 5Food
  • 5Service
  • 5Ambience
  • 5Value

NoiseQuiet

1 Review
  1. NevS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable evening - great food and wine with lovely live background jazz music (Thursday night feature). We had a few extra guests and they were warmly accommodated.

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Life's Too Short Bar is rated 5 stars by 1 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Experiences are available.
Google Map for Life's Too Short Bar

Tribeca Arcade, Shop 2/412 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne, AU-VIC 3002

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    We are located in the centre of the Tribeca Arcade, near the IGA
  • Area
    East Melbourne
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Wine Bar, European, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    TRAM Routes 109 or 12, Stop 16 Wellington Street / BUS routes 246, 302, 303, 304, 305 & 309 Clarendon St or Smith St along Victoria Parade / TRAIN stops North Richmond or Jolimont (5 minute walk)
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Sigrid de Castella
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Wine
  • Phone number
    0416 088 000
  • Private party facilities
    As a tiny bar we have the flexibility to open on special days and to accomodate your private functions seven days a week. From lavish 8-course degustation dinners for 4 to 12 people, seated affairs for up to 28 people, right up to and cocktail & canapé events for up to 40 people. Please contact us to discuss your corporate, group, or private needs.
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