Morgan’s Beach Shack in Sorrento (Victoria) is the perfect combination of beach casual, fresh sea breezes, salty air and an indoor/outdoor vibe. Now catering for couples who want a wedding without “formality or pretense” co-owner Julian emphasizes the relaxed feel of the ‘Shack’ with lobster pot lampshades, oars and lifebuoys with a seaside menu to match. Veg Enchiladas or Scotch Fillets vie for attention with fish and chips – just add bare feet, board shorts and a Mojito or three and it sets the scene for “all day sun, all day fun, all night long”.
You operate the Royal Saxon in Richmond (Melbourne). What led you to open your newest venue, Morgan’s Beach Shack in Sorrento?
I was looking for a sea change and a site to operate a bar by the beach. I came across the site and fell in love with the location. I signed the lease, bought a house and bought a boat. Now I’m happy spending most of my time in Sorrento.
Where is it situated?
1 Esplanade Sorrento. On the water, near the ferry terminal.
What was behind the idea of opening up the ‘Shack’ for weddings?
The location on the water is beautiful and very romantic. Sorrento is also famous for its moon which seems bigger and brighter for some reason and reflects on the water; Shooting stars are guaranteed! There is an increasing demand for casual weddings without the pretence and price tag.
How would you describe the atmosphere/style of your venue?
Informal beach bar/eatery with nautical references.
Who would your (wedding) venue appeal to?
Any couple who doesn’t want to go down the formal traditional wedding path and is looking for an alternative.
Are bridal couples able to hold the wedding ceremony close by?
Sorrento Historic Park, Sorrento Foreshore.
Once the bridal couple have booked Morgan’s Beach Shack for a wedding, do they have exclusive use of the venue?
It depends on the size of the wedding, but in most instances it is exclusive use.
How would you describe the style of food you serve?
The food is casual and draws inspiration from Southern California with its Latin influences. Think tacos, ceviche, salads, seafood and meats.
Are bridal couples able to bring their own ideas to you re the food ?
The menus can be customised according to particular needs depending on budget.
Please describe briefly a menu you would recommend for a wedding.
I would choose a seafood menu with alternatives for non-seafood eaters:
FRESHLY SHUCKED OYSTERS W. TEQUILA, LIME, JALAPENO + CORIANDER DRESSING
KINGFISH CEVICHE W. FRESH PEPPERS, CHILLI SALT, FENNEL + TENDRILS
MARKET FISH + CHIPS (GRILLED OR FRIED) W. BAJA SLAW, LEMON HERB AIOLI + FRIES
JOCK’S COCONUT ICE CREAM IN A WAFFLE CONE
Which vendors do the bridal couple have to bring in?
We can recommend local vendors and can coordinate everything. Wedding planners are welcomed but are more suited to formal weddings.
How many guests does Morgan’s Beach Shack hold?
350 for a cocktail function (subject to license extension) and up to 100 seated (depending on floor plan).
Is there room for a dance floor?
Is there plenty of accommodation nearby?
How can couples contact you to come and view your venue and discuss their wedding ideas?
5984 3121 or email@example.com
What is there to love about Sorrento……
The water, the boats, the beaches, the sunrises/sunsets, the moon, the gardens, the walking paths, the nature, the history and Morgan’s Beach Shack 😉
Thank you Julian for sharing your story with us. To find out more about Morgan’s Beach Shack visit the website or use the contact details above.
Headshot and images by David Cook Photography