Jonathan Downey’s Match Bar Opens at QV, Melbourne

Mr Downey, the owner of a micro brewery and publishing company and eight Match Bars in London, New York and Ibiza, will launch the 518 sq m bar on an upper level of QV, off Little Lonsdale Street.

The bar will include a selfserve wine area, where 30 wines are available via four "eight-bottle" enomatic wine samplers at the push of a button. It will also include a high-end restaurant, signature cocktail drinks and plush lounge areas.

Match Bar has taken a 10-year lease at QV and is licensed to seat between 250 and 300 people.

Downey’s Milk & Honey bar in London recently won Australian Bartenders’ "Best Bar in the World" award for the second year in a row. Mr Downey also owns a boutique hotel in the French Alps. He is also expected to open a wine house in London.

QV marketing manager Martine Creswick said the vision was for QV to become one of the great bar and dining destinations in Melbourne.

Marc Pallisco

A freelance property writer and analyst, Marc is a co-founder of

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