The Westin (feat. Willy Wonka)

The Westin Melbourne loves a collaboration. Last time around it was all about the cheese when the hotel joined forces with our favourite cheese shop and toastie technicians Maker & Monger. Now they’ve joined forces with crazy dessert alchemists Burch & Purchese for a dessert and cocktail themed bar to celebrate the Melbourne season of the musical Charlie & the Chocolate Factory that premiered at Her Majesty’s Theatre in August.

Called the Wonka Bar and located in The Westin’s Lobby Lounge, the bar is a deliciously, sweetly delightful collaboration that channels its inner Willy Wonka with Wonka-themed desserts – Black Forest & Chocolate River, Golden Ticket, Everlasting Showstopper – that can be washed down with Wonka-themed cocktails like Blueberry Gumball, Candy Man and Fizzy Lifting Passion Pop. The bar also features an edible garden filled with chocolate earth, toadstools, caterpillars, bark, mushrooms, twigs and flowers and there’s further fun for the kids with a Wonka-fied version of their popular Children’s High Tea. It’s your very own Golden Ticket.

We’ve so far seen articles in Delicious online, Time Out, Urban List, Concrete Playground and AWOL. Did we mention it’s gone viral? The Wonka Bar post on Urban List’s Facebook post has had over 4,600 comments and 2,700 comments on Concrete Playground’s post.