Trouble in Dreams is a cocktail and wine-focused bar in Footscray, Melbourne, Australia.

We started Trouble in Dreams with a simple belief—that Footscray was ready for a bar focused on high-quality original and classic cocktails, accompanied by a rotating list of interesting, minimal-intervention wines, a curated selection of craft beers, and some delicious cheese and charcuterie. We created a bar that is softly lit, opulently fitted out, dark, and soundtracked by some killer tunes—somewhere to forget the mundane realities of the outside world. Somewhere dreamy.

Unfortunately, those mundane realities have had the last laugh. We were running full steam towards opening when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down Melbourne’s vibrant bar scene. We immediately pivoted to delivering original cocktails, plus wine and beer, and since then—with the exception of a brief two-week period when we could welcome a limited number of guests to the bar—we have focused on getting our cocktails into people’s homes via our delivery service, pop-up shop, and in partnership with some of the West’s best bottle shops. (If you would like to get in touch to discuss partnering with us for wholesale cocktails or to create a bespoke cocktail for corporate entertainment, please get in touch with us via the Contact page—we’d love to hear from you.)

We can’t wait to welcome you to the Trouble in Dreams that we envisioned. Until we can, though, we are delighted to be able to bring a small slice of the Trouble in Dreams experience to you at home.

— Chad Parkhill and Aaron Firth Donato,
Owners, Trouble in Dreams