Script Bar & Bistro
140 Southbank Blvd
Southbank Vic 3006
t. +61 3 8688 0881

open times


Lovely as ever, a great little spot. Rhydwyn dined on Tue 22 May 2012 at 5:30 PM

Great friendly staff. Good quality food and fast service. They know what the pre­theatre crowd wants! Yanson dined on Fri 01 Jun 2012 at 6:30 PM

I've had the sweet potato and leek ravioli twice now and it's been absolutely delicious each time ­ rich but delicious! Service was very friendly and they can cope with the pre­show rush without feeling like you are rushed and still have time for two courses.

Margaret dined on Fri 08 Jun 2012 at 6:15 PM

We arrived late for a Pre Theatre meal and there was no issues. Staff were friendly. Food was great. The steaks were done to perfection.

Rebecca dined on Sat 09 Jun 2012 at 6:00 PM

Script is a well organised outfit right in the middle of Southbank's theatre district. Cheerful staff, good quality menu and prompt delivery on orders, the best spot around for pre­theatre meals in easy walking distance to a range of venues.

Anonymous dined on Mon 11 Jun 2012 at 6:00 PM

Because of my granddaughter's allergies, we need special attention, and at Script Bar and Bistro we get that attention in spades! Last night's dish was on the menu, not specially prepared, and that's a good change. It was delicious and very filling. My granddaughter couldn't eat all of hers, and I probably shouldn't have. The service is always friendly.

Robyn dined on Fri 15 Jun 2012 at 5:00 PM

Script bistro is such an asset to theatre goers whether dinner before the evening show or after the 4pm matinee. The service is fast and pleasant.We enjoyed barbecue chicken with kipfler potatoes and grilled eggplant and spaghetti marinara. Both served within fifteen minutes and we were all done within and hour with a bill under $80 which included two drinks.

Wendy dined on Sat 16 Jun 2012 at 6:45 PM

The soup I had beautiful & my friend has the vergie burger which was well presented & she said was very nice.

Suzanne dined on Fri 22 Jun 2012 at 12:00 PM

We booked Script for pre­theatre dinner, prior to attending a concert at Elisabeth Mudoch Hall (Melbourne Recital Centre), in the same building.Service was friendly and efficient.Our eye fillet, char­ grilled chicken and side salad meals were well prepared and presented. My wife's plate could have been recycled straight to another diner, she cleaned it up that well!The house red, a shiraz from Avoca, Victoria was excellent in terms of taste and value.Would definitely dine there again prior to attending a concert or play at the venue.

Graeme dined on Wed 27 Jun 2012 at 6:00 PM

MX Night Owl

Shannon Deery

It's hard to believe Melbourne's newest addition to an already bustling nightlife scene has only been open for two weeks. Stepping into Script Bar & Bistro is like walking into a favourite local - there is charm, charisma, a relaxed ambience and also the feeling its been around for years.

With 20 years clocked up between them managing high end function venues such as the Arts Centre and Zinc at Federation Square, you'd expect nothing less from brothers Adam and Brendan Keyte. Located at the striking new MTC venue on Southbank, the usual beer swilling crowd has been replaced with a more sophisticated theatre-loving clientele.

But this is not a place where beret-clad men look down at you while quipping about the new avant-garde masterpiece. Script is a warm and friendly place to relax, where friendly staff cater diligently to local residents, business types and students gathered to dissect the day - or the latest play.

There's an astonishing wine list (29 wines by the glass) and enough local and imported beers to keep the fussiest drinkers happy. There's also an Italian style bistro menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a post-show supper. And with specialty dishes including bocconcini and tepenade ficelle, or green olive salmon, it's comprehensive and focuses on seasonal local produce.

Top it off with what is set to become a Script favourite - chocolate budino, a dark chocolate pudding with warm bitter caramel and double cream. With good food and wine and tempting dinner and show packages on the way, the two week old Script should soon be a Melbourne favourite.

MX, 22 July 2009

Say "Cheese"
Suzanne Carbone

You'd want to be a fly on the wall at Script, the name of the bar and bistro befitting the MTC's Sumner Theatre in Southbank. Ever since the doors were opened by hospitality duo Brendan and Adam Keyte, brothers of Jennifer Keyte, a who's who has paraded in. Diners have gaped over their coffee and vino at Geoffrey Rush, Nicki Wendt, Hugo Weaving, Max Gillies, Missy Higgins and some faces that have strolled in from nearby Aunty, Barrie Cassidy, Jon Faine and Red Symons.

The Age, 15 September 2009

Media Release

Script Bar & Bistro open for business

Melbourne Theatre Company is pleased to announce the much anticipated Script Bar and Bistro is now open. Located at the striking new MTC Theatre in Southbank and run by culinary brothers Adam and Brendan Keyte, Script will offer an Italian
style bistro for breakfast, lunch, dinner and post show supper - Open from 7.30am Monday to Friday (excluding Good Friday and Christmas day) and 10.00am on Saturday and Sunday.

Ann Tonks MTC General Manager say’s “Simon and I are delighted that Script Bar and Bistro is officially open for business providing MTC subscribers, patrons, local residents, business, VCA students and MTC staff and actors a warm and friendly space to relax and enjoy one of the sensational food and beverages selections on offer. We hope customers of all types will feel at home whether it is first thing in the morning for that strong coffee hit, over lunch basking in the warm sunshine, a glass of wine with a quick pre-show meal, or lingering over a liqueur or pot of freshly brewed tea after a thought provoking show. Adam and Brendan have created a culinary experience to match our superb new theatre.”

Brendan Keyte is thrilled to have the restaurant up and running “It has been a long-time coming and we were ecstatic to open the doors to the public for the first time yesterday. It was a wonderful feeling listening to the buzz of the Wednesday matinee audience enjoying our restaurant for the first time”. “We have worked hard to create a comprehensive menu which focuses on seasonal, fresh and local produce where possible. Script Bar & Bistro will offer an Italian style bistro cuisine; combine this with the relaxed and intimate atmosphere created by Chris Connell, of Chris Connell Design we hope that Script with be a hit with theatregoers and the Southbank residents alike.

Brothers Adam and Brendan Keyte have worked in the hospitality industry and have over 20 years of experience between them. Brendan previously managed Epicure Catering and its high-end function venues including the Arts Centre, Melbourne Town Hall and Zinc at Federation Square. Adam is the proud owner and operator of Spiga, the bustling Italian bistro in Menzies Alley Melbourne Central.

Media Enquiries:
Christy Hopwood MTC PR and Communications Manager, (03) 9684 4527 or 0411 780 516 or

Our wine list...

Script Bar offers 21 different wines by the glass. We also stock a huge range of liquers, apertifs and a nifty cocktail list. Click here to view our wine  list.