The Everleigh is so very Melbourne — hidden where only those in the know can find it, up a flight of stairs above a now-defunct restaurant. This sophisticated little speakeasy is fitted out in marble, leather and mahogany, with a stunning vintage chandelier lighting up the long polished bar.
Cocktails hail from 'the golden age', when fixes, fizzes, Old-Fashioned's, 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 the bartenders will happily make a drink according to your particular tastes.
Cosy up on your anniversary in a plush leather booth while you enjoy The Bairn (12-year scotch, orange bitters and cointreau built and served on the rocks, $19), 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 cut to order, rather than churned out of an ice machine, and all juices are freshly squeezed.
In terms of food, the Everleigh offers delectable cheese and charcuterie boards to complement their signature cocktails and extensive wine and spirits list. The Everleigh won't accommodate groups over six, but the floor is beautifully tiled — should you happen to wind up there.