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You can’t get much more Melbourne than this even though the first EDV is in Sydney.  Tucked in a Malthouse Lane look for a wood door and brass handle, no sign, no hint, you just have to know.

Eau de Vie is all about the cocktail.  The homemade ginger beer is awesome, just like the homemade stuff from Jamaica, easily my favourite.  Each of the bartenders advertise their inventive concoctions in an extensive and balanced cocktail menu.  There are a lot of choice for everyone from new takes on old favourites to cocktails that are so new they are yet to be named.  Our group of concierges tried a liquorice martini invention and we thought it should be called “Orca”.  Let’s see if the name sticks.  This is a place you can just ask for something different and you will always receive an incredible drink.  Prices are surprisingly reasonable with most cocktails between $18 to $20.

The style of the bar is not as slick and modern as you might think.  For me it is perfect, stylishly modern but with a very classic touch.  They have a lounge room drinks cart.  I love this.  Lots of timber, banquette seating, stools, bar seats, booth-like tables, a private room, galley kitchen for some great snacks.  As you would imagine, it is all about the bar;  long, timber, perfectly back-lit, advertising an extensive offering that only a champion bartender would put together never mind use.  The line up of bottles pay homage to a traditional collection of rare books in a private library.  Impressive to say the least.  For the wow factor they are the only bar in Melbourne with liquid nitrogen on tap for fabulously icy martinis!

For something different try the degustation cocktail menu with matched food.  Served at a shared table you get five courses for $130, great value.  Bookings essential.

If you can’t find the bar and wander into the French Brasserie to ask for directions, Hadj the owner will have some fun with you and happily share with you his selection of eau de vie before steering you in the right direction.  Should this happen don’t worry, the French Brasserie is one of the best French restaurants in town so you are in for a double treat and some great hospitality from Hadj and his team.

If you love Melbourne as a city where artistry and quality are celebrated, you will love this bar.  You will find that Malthouse Lane is crammed with quality.  Enough to make you proud to live in our wonderful city.  My suggestion, make a night out of it.

Eau de Vie is located at 1 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne – Telephone: Unavailable

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