UPDATE, AUGUST 9, 2020: During Melbourne's COVID-19 lockdown, Romeo Lane is delivering its cocktails to the city's residents — for free within a six-kilometre radius of the CBD. You can opt for passionfruit or strawberry daiquiris, peach negronis, old fashioneds, martinis, manhattans and margaritas, which'll all brought to your door. The list of boozy concoctions goes on, too, so expect to be spoiled for choice. Drinks cost $17.50 each, with orders received by 5pm delivered by 7pm. You can also go for a pack, such as the 'seven-day weekend', which includes multiple beverages.
Although we were sad to say goodbye to our favourite inner city wine bar Von Haus, it's with happy cocktail-fed smiles that we can say it's reincarnation, Romeo Lane, is just as good. The small bar still looks much the same, and manages to nail intimacy without pretension — which is what we loved about Von Haus anyway. The focus here is on creating incredible cocktails. The bar team does all the classics very well, but you'll probably get sucked into trying one of its weekly specials, like a celery-infused Tom Collins or a negroni whipped with OJ in a Nutribullet. A small menu of European bar snacks and cheese is on-hand, too.
Image: Romeo Lane.