Experience the hedonistic pleasures of the 1920s in Fitzroy's hidden cocktail den.
January 12, 2023
The Everleigh is so very Melbourne — hidden where only those in the know can find it, up a flight of stairs above a restaurant. This sophisticated speakeasy from the Made in the Shade group is fitted out in marble, leather and mahogany, with a stunning vintage chandelier lighting up the long polished bar.
At this highly-awarded bar, cocktails hail from 'the golden age', when fixes, fizzes, old fashioneds, sours and sazeracs were considered as compulsory as a ramrod straight spine. It's the perfect place for a first date — the cocktail list is relatively short and full of winners, though the bartenders will also happily (and skilfully) whip you up a drink according to your particular tastes.
Cosy up on your anniversary in a plush leather booth while you enjoy The Adderly (rye whiskey with maraschino cherry, lemon and bitters, $25), or — romance be damned — sit at the bar and flirt with the immaculately dressed bartenders. There's plenty to admire about these guys as they go about their business: all ice is hand-cut, courtesy of Made in the Shade's own Navy Strength Ice Co, and all juices are freshly squeezed.
In terms of food, the Everleigh offers delectable cheese and charcuterie boards to complement their signature sips, and the extensive wine and spirits lineup.
Top images: Gareth Sobey.
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