If you ever feel like indulging in some revolutionary role-play, Markov Place is the bar to hang out in. Combining antique European furniture with a deep-red colour scheme, mahogany and vintage Spanish posters, it's the sort of place you'd imagine 1940's gunslingers would down shots while scheming against rival gangs. The entrance (either through a wine shop or down a back alley) ties this incognito vibe together nicely.
While the owners have done an admirable job converting a warehouse space into something resembling a moody European wine bar, they seem to have forgotten about the wine. The decor at Markov Place suggest you're in for a wine and cheese extravaganza - the reality is a little underwhelming. It's not that the selection is bad, it's just a little lacking after all the effort with the interior design. The beers, spirits and cocktails are all equally par for the course.
Okay, so the drinks selection might not be ground breaking, but that's not a huge concern as you sidle up to the bar, order a shot and start talking in hushed tones. If you're looking for a slice of revolutionary European charm in Carlton, then Markov Place is the spot.
Mikolai, June 2009