An iconic rooftop bar in Melbourne’s CBD will close in less than three weeks due to a trade slowdown due to Covid-19.
Madame Brussels was one of the city’s first hidden rooftop bars when it opened in 2006 and has been a part of Bourke St’s nightlife for 16 years.
The bar was renowned for its pink and white cocktails, extravagant decor and unrivaled views of the city.
Co-founder Paula Scholes, known as Miss Pearls, said the popular bar will serve its last drinks on July 25.
“Honey, it is with a heavy heart to bring you our curtain-closing news, with our last day of exchange on July 25,” she said on the site.
“We will honor our current reservations until then, but all other requests are appointments only.
“May the good times last a little longer. “
Ms Scholes told Good Food the place has only been operating at 20% of its usual business since the Covid-19 hit.
“It’s because of Covid and the lack of people who are in the city,” she said.
Hundreds of customers have also expressed their sadness at the news after it emerged on Monday evening.
Photographer and stylist Eimear Varian Barry said her experience at Madame Brussels “had so much to do with shaping my life”.
Australian artist Rhonda Burchmore said she was “so sorry” and “such a fabulous place”.
The bar was named after Madame Brussels, who was a 19th century Melbourne brothel owner and entrepreneur renowned for her sensational attitude and unconventional lifestyle.