The Everleigh

Bars , Cocktail bars Fitzroy
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Photograph: Graham Denholm
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Photograph: Graham Denholm

The Everleigh offers an intimate, polished experience, from go to whoa

It hasn’t exactly been a quiet year for the Everleigh crew. Michael Madrusan and his crack team have had a raft of side-projects on the go, from the Navy Strength Ice Co to bespoke beers, bottled cocktails and the attention-grabbing launch of Heartbreaker in the city (our pick for 2016’s Best Party Bar). But for first-time visitors and regulars alike, the experience at the Everleigh is as seamless, polished and sophisticated as ever. And that’s why we’ve named it Best Cocktail Bar.

Yes, folks: this singular vision takes some serious beating. From the moment snappily dressed staff greet you at the top of the stairs until they bid you farewell, you know you’re in good hands. It’s seated-service only at this graceful speakeasy, so let the guys guide you to an intimate timber booth or prime stool at the bar. From there, you’re offered a menu of classic, age-old cocktails, craft beers, single malts, and a tight list of ten wines, including French Chablis, Italian sangiovese and Australian shiraz. Feel free to flip through the pages, but the real reason you’re here is for the Bartender’s Choice.

The Everleigh’s signature move invites you to tell the waiter what you’re craving, including the spirits you love and those you loathe, and while they’re standing at the table, they’ll come up with just the ticket. It’s like playing roulette with your round of drinks, except here, everybody wins. So Negroni-lovers might step slightly out of their comfort zone with a Cardinal of absinthe, vermouth and Campari. Old Fashioned fans may be served a Cocktail à la Louisiane, which marries rye whisky, Benedictine and Peychaud’s Bitters – a complex concoction that’s at once bold and smooth, sweet and savoury.

To help take the weight off multi-tasking Madrusan, Jakob Eztold has recently stepped in as bar manager. He was most recently at Italian heavyweight Rosetta, and was head bartender at Bar Americano, so the Everleigh’s consistency and unmatched quality looks to be in safe hands.

Venue name: The Everleigh
Address: Lvl 1
150-156 Gertrude St
Opening hours: Daily 5.30pm-1am
Transport: Nearby stations: North Richmond; Collingwood
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