Hannah Maybelle was the original owner of what is now known as Epocha Restaurant. We have named our bar in her honour. Hannah’s bar is a versatile space and visually stunning, featuring murals and artwork created by Merryn Trevethan and Jamie Boys. Come in during the week for after-work cocktails, or on the weekend for pre-theatre Champagne and snacks, or for some wine and cheese on our balcony, overlooking the gardens.
Hannah’s Bar at Epocha in The Age, December, 2012:
Runner-up, Best new bar 2012
“Laid-back and Euro-inspired, Hannah’s is upstairs at Epocha – the sharp restaurant run by former Press Club manager and sommelier Angie Giannakodakis and Guy Holder – right opposite Carlton Gardens. Try and claim a seat on its balcony, complete with fancy iron lacework, or sit inside at custom-built tables that double as backgammon boards. Cocktails are well made and classic, and there are good snacks to be had here, too, including spiced chickpeas, crisp pigs’ ears and excellent duck liver pate.”
Michael Harden in The Age, November 20th, 2012:
“Downstairs is the handsome, dark-hued dining room, while up on the first floor is Hannah’s Bar, with an excellent balcony, complete with fancy iron lacework, views over the gardens and an overwhelming feeling that it’s going to take some sharp footwork to secure a seat during summer.
Inside, it’s all timber floors, rush-seated chairs and custom-built tables that double as backgammon boards. The tables aren’t quirky design puffery: there are as many backgammon sets available as there are tables, and the idea of people sitting in this room, under its dark ceiling decorated with a hand-painted map of 1890s Carlton and a constellation chart, playing a few games gives some indication of the kind of laid-back European vibe that permeates the place.”
“There are good snacks to be had here, too, including spiced chickpeas ($4), crisp pigs’ ears ($6) and excellent duck liver pate ($9), alongside some mollycoddled cheeses of both the local and fancy foreign variety.
The location of Epocha (and Hannah’s Bar), just off the city grid, does mean it may take a little more planning than the regular laneway/basement hang-outs. But the sight and scent of the park, the warmth of the welcome, the backgammon sets and that excellent balcony make it worth taking a few steps off the beaten track.”
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