Jazz, EVERY Thurs in 2024

From February 2024 right through to December we’ll be hosting LIVE JAZZ at Life’s Too Short every Thursday night.

  • MARK MORAND (Paris Cat) plays Reinterpretations of Jazz Classics
  • ADAM RUSSO (Paris Cat) plays Jazz Manouche (Gypsy Jazz)
  • CINDY & PAOLO sing Jazz-Blues fusion

Full program will be published in January 2024.

MEANWHILE … due to broadcasting laws our regular (and very popular) play list at the bar has been replaced with JAZZ RADIO from Jamendo. You can still get a copy of our SPOTIFY PLAYLIST to play at home via the link below.

Competition Results

Each month during 2024 we’ll be randomly drawing 10 members of our database and sending them a little voucher to say “thanks” for being part of our family.

Monthly competition Winners are listed below:

  • DEC23: $100 Gift Voucher – Stefani Kotevska
  • NOV23: $100  Gift Voucher – Ettiene LePax
  • OCT23: $300 Dining Voucher – Penny Howard
  • OCT23: $99 Event Ticket Credit – Lesley Clementson
  • SEP23: $200 Dining Voucher – Steve & Lisa
  • SEP23: $79 Event Ticket Credit – Lyn Scully
  • AUG23: $100 Dining Voucher – Michael from Sydney
  • AUG23: $49 Event Ticket Credit -Shane Lethlean

To enter our Monthly competition simply spend over $100 in a single transaction and pop your full name, mobile number and email address on the back of the bill and we’ll pop you in the draw.

  • The winner is chosen at random by lucky draw
  • Entries that do not meet the conditions and illegible entries are disqualified
  • Ticketed events  and First Table are excluded from entry.
  • Winners will be contacted directly and published in our weekly email
  • Prizes must be used within 12 months or are voided
  • Prizes cannot be converted to cash but may be transferred to another person
  • The decision of Life’s Too Short Bar is final and no correspondence will be entered into

Questions? See Sig.

Toy Adoption Program

Since our beloved two pooches went over the rainbow in 2023 the toy adoption program has brought so much joy to us, and to the pooches who have enjoyed (and in some cases destroyed) the toys.

When you bring your well-behaved pooch into visit us (and we love cuddles) they can select a toy to take home. There are still plenty of toys left and it gives us joy to know that their good quality toys go to new homes and provide joy to others. 

Kimba Biggles
(RIP 29-08-2023)
& Willow Bear
(RIP 10-06-2023)

Better than 9 shots of espresso

WE NOW HAVE STOCKS of Dodge available … you know there’s nothing worse, than a crappy hangover right? So after that big night out, when you can’t quite reach for the Fernet Branca or Underberg, come and get a Dodge. With their slogan “Enjoy tonight, and dodge tomorrow”, this very tasty brew was developed in conjunction with Monash University and contains Asian Pear Juice, Ginger Extract, Korean Ginseng, Milk Thistle, Turmeric Extract, Vine Tea Extract, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C. And there’s no caffeine or added sugar, which is a healthier option than grabbing a triple espresso!

Limited Hubert Experiences ...now with old & rare wine

In early May we will be getting the last of the Hubert production from our friends at Yarra Valley Dairy. This 200g gold medal winner is arguably Australia’s best washed rind, and named after Sigrid’s Great Grandfather. Made from the milk of cows grazing on the land that was once his, in pasture rich fields of the Yarra Valley, we’ve teamed it up with Rob de Castella’s “Deeks” bread  (gf/vg) from his bakery in Canberra, served on our 160yo local elm cheese boards, with your choice of a bottle of old and rare St Hubert’s wine.

(Charles) Hubert de Castella arrived in Melbourne on the Marlborough in 1854, and soon joined his brother at Yering Station, later establishing St Huberts. Around the same time in 1854 the Victoria Brewery was founded and the original cellars that we occupy, built. Soon after, the row of Elm trees was plated on Powlett Street, and it’s the limb trimmings from these trees by council in 2020 that we snaffled for our boards. With the help of Melbourne Woodworking Guild, these limbs were meticulously dried for 18 months then sawn, sanded and oiled to craft our beautiful cheese boards that the Hubert is served on.

Please note there are a very limited number of experiences available. If the online date and time doesn’t suit, then please SMS Sigrid on 0416 088 000 to make alternative arrangements.

A Shiraz to Quaff!

2017 Life’s Too Short: Quaff Good Shiraz – $16 glass ($8 on happy hour)
Our new label, Barossa-grown and made by our good friend Richard Sheedy, this fruit-forward and luscious Shiraz has super soft tannins and goes down perhaps a little too smoothly!

Occupations That Save!

Did you know since the day we opened we’ve offered a Frontline Discount?

The discount, 10% off an individual’s bill, is available to all medical, hospital ambulance, police, and fire workers who helped (and continue to help) to keep us safe during the COVID-19 Pandemic. All you need to do is ask for the discount prior to paying the bill and show us your proof of employment (e.g. your ID tag). We’ll then apply the discount to your bill.

It’s our way of paying it forward and saying “Thanks”.

HOW YOU CAN HELP? If you work in one of these organisations nearby, we’d love you to pop a flyer up in your staff room where it’s appropriate. Just ask us for a copy!

Venue Updates

HEPA Filter: For the past year we’ve had a silent Daikin HEPA filter  running in the bar to ensure inside air is circulated and cleaned, keeping you COVID-safe.

Outside Heating Update: Just waiting for Tony to get the infra red electric heater up on the wall outside. Hopefully, it’ll be by mid-May 2023. We still have a number of loaner blankets available to borrow if you’re cold. Just ask us. 

Melbourne Bar Dogs

You may already know that well-behaved leashed pooches are welcome in our outside area as well as the first 3 inside tables during quiet nights in less favourable weather, and that we welcome them with special grain-free treats (if you allow). But now we have some more exciting things in store ….

We’d like to invite your pooch to be part of our Melbourne Bar Dog family. As the weather warms up we’ll be introducing our new Dogtinis, Puppagatos & Pooch Tapas Cups for your pet’s dining pleasure in our promenade area. But wait … there’s more!

We’d also like to invite your loved one to participate in our Melbourne Bar Dogs Book. You need to consent to have his/her picture published, and bring them along on the photo shoot day to be photographed by a professional photographer. You’ll also need to answer some questions for content so readers can get to know your pet, plus questions like “If I was a Life’s Too Short Signature Cocktail, I’d be a …”

If you’re interested in taking part in the Melbourne Bar Dogs Book project please get in touch with Sig on 0416 088 000 by SMS.

For the Love of Wine

We were thrilled to be interviewed by Jenny Denton for the Inner East Review recently. It was a little hard drinking red wine at 10 am in the morning (and in case you’re wondering it was the GD Vajra Dolcetto D’Alba). If you missed the article or didn’t get the newspaper in your letterbox, you can read the article here.

Like Cheers, butt without Norm!

For those who have visited us, you’ll already be aware we’re a little different from other venues. Small, bespoke, sure. Hand-crafted, a Chef and Somm-inspired offering. Yup. Personal and not transactional … definitely. We’re a bit like Cheers, but without Norm sitting on the bar stool. But did you know that there’s a few other things that make us different from the average hospitality venue?

No sittings or time limits. We hate those 2hr booking slots, so we don’t impose them. That means you could start at 3pm and graze right through until 1am (and you’d beat the current record of 8 hours). As long as you keep ordering and enjoying yourself, the table (or couch) is yours. Exceptions? Pre-booked tables, scheduled functions and closing. That’s it. But we do have one ask … 85% of our trade is walk-in which makes it hard to judge nightly numbers. So please book by SMS 0416 088 000 in advance if you know you’re coming so we can staff up appropriately to ensure consistency of service for you and our other patrons.

You can split the bill any way you like. The only condition is everyone has to pay simultaneously and you need to tell us how you want the bill split BEFORE you start paying. Advance bill payments are also possible, but we’ll need to transfer your items onto a separate tab prior to your payment.

No credit card surcharges because we are a “cashless” bar so we take all cards with a chip without imposing a surcharge … it’d be unfair of us to charge any nasty extras. 

No public holiday surcharges because we don’t agree with them. Usually it’s just Antony and me working as we like to give our staff the holiday off too, so pop in and say hello!

Optional tipping. We don’t expect tips or make them mandatory for any reason … ever. But tips are like warm hugs without the awkward body contact and are gratefully received. So if you’ve had a good time, or if we’ve gone above and beyond, or if you just want to say an extra thanks via a tip, please leave cash or let us know before making your credit card payment so we can add it to your transaction total.