Eat at the Bar by Matt McConnell & Jo Gamvros

Eat at the Bar

Eat at the Bar by Matt McConnell & Jo Gamvros

Eat at the Bar by Matt McConnell & Jo Gamvros

Perhaps Melbourne’s best kept (and longer running) secrets is Bar Lourinha; a smallish beautiful intimate bar in Little Collins St at the top end of the CBD.

When you walk in the door at Bar Lourinha  you are instantly transported home – and to a bar somewhere in Portugal or maybe Spain or perhaps Italy.  Somewhere just sort of Mediterraneanish!  At Bar Lourinha, Matt and Jo weave wonderful hospitality with elegantly simple seasonal Iberian/Mediterranean bar food.  Food for talking, eating, thinking, drinking, and living.  And it seems that is what Melbournians love.

Bar Lourinha recently celebrated its tenth birthday (and counting).  What better way to celebrate than to write a book to allow everyone to have a little bit of Bar Lourinha at home…!

Join us on Monday 19th November for the launch of this beautiful new book on the food and hospitality that keeps Melbourne coming back for more.  We’ll be chatting to Matt and Jo about their travels over the years, their views on hospitality and the importance of sharing plates.   And we’d love you to join us!

About the Event

Where:  Books for Cooks 115-121 Victoria St, Queen Victoria Market
When: Tuesday 13th November 6.30pm

Tickets: $10 via Eventbrite

About the book

Eat at the Bar: recipes inspired by travels in Spain, Portugal, Italy & beyond is the first book from Melbourne restaurateurs Matt McConnell and Jo Gamvros.

The idea for Bar Lourinha came to Matt and his wife Jo when travelling in Spain in 1997.  As Matt says,

“It was a life changing experience. We don’t speak Spanish, but we were walking into bars and being treated with great respect. A welcoming respect that is sometimes missing in service, we find, in Melbourne.”

“We wanted to bring a slice of that back because it was really enjoyable and we were never made to feel like a stranger or outsider. It really typifies a lot of Spanish culture – it’s convivial, warm, giving, and that flows over into the flavours as well.”

Bar Lourinha was an instant success and is one of Melbourne’s best kept secrets. An intimate even though busy space, providing beautiful food and hospitality; all without a lot of fuss.    In 2009 Bar Lourinha, Matt and Jo received the Donleavy Fitzpatrick Award.  Bar Lourinha has consistently received glowing reviews and awards and is currently rated 15/20 in the Good Food Guide.

Please join us for an intimate chat with Matt & Jo as we explore their new book Eat at the Bar.

Buy Tickets


Can I buy/pre-order signed copies of Eat at the Bar?

Yes – copies will be available for signing and purchase on the night – $50.  If you can’t attend we can post signed copies to you.  Postage (tracked & insured): Victoria $7.95; Australia wide $9.95; overseas we’ll quote.

I’ve already purchased the book – can I bring it to be signed?

Well…to be honest…we’d rather you didn’t…we do these events to sell books. We subsidise our events by the sale of books on the night. We would prefer not to have to increase our event fee. If you did want to bring a book along for signing, please consider buying a book in-store on the night to support our events.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

As alcohol may be served, attendees must be 18+ or accompanied by a parent/guardian.

 What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

If you have been to one of our events before, please note we have moved to the northern side of the Queen Victoria Market.  Our new address is 115-121 Victoria Street (next to A Shed).

We recommend public transport.

The 19, 20, 57 (Elizabeth St)and 55 (William & Peel St) trams go past the Queen Victoria Market and run frequently.  We are in the Free Tram Zone and are a short 50m walk from the Elizabeth St Queen Victoria Market stop and the Peel St Queen Victoria Market stop.  Melbourne Central and Flagstaff railway stations are two blocks away.

Parking restrictions apply in the Melbourne CBD until 8.30pm.  You can park on Queen Street near the corner of Victoria Street.  There are limited parking spaces on Victoria Street.

Is my registration/ticket transferable?

Yes – to another person – just have them present your ticket on the evening.

What is the refund policy?

Tickets are not refundable.  You can transfer your ticket to another person if you can’t attend.


Please advise of any allergies or  food intolerances.


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