There is something almost illicit about The Everleigh.
Tucked away, a flight of stairs above an American Diner, you’d miss it if you weren’t seeking it out.
The first thing I noticed was the low lighting. This isn’t a brash hip cocktail bar, but a unique experience where impeccably dressed waiting staff enquire to your tastes and mix you a cocktail accordingly. Table service means you can relax and enjoy the company while staff come and go with your drinks.
It’s worth noting, that in order to maintain its genteel atmosphere, The Everleigh doesn’t accept groups larger than 6 people, unless you have booked a function in their newly refurbished Elk Room. More about that later.
Four gins are available at The Everleigh. Martin Miller’s, The Melbourne Gin Company, a Geniver and another which can’t remember.
What I love most about drinking here is the attention to detail.
The ice comes in a glass length block, ensuring a slow melt so as not to dilute your drink. The straw is a chilled stainless steel affair, while the tonic (Capi) is served in a small jug, so you can add to suit your taste.
The Elk Room is a delightful addition to the original bar area. Concealed behind theatrical velvet curtains, it can be booked for functions (note there is a minimum spend), but fortunately is open to the public on Friday and Saturday nights. Large, leather chesterfield armchairs, old books and other assorted knick knacks create an inviting, homely place to put the world to rights while enjoying a cocktail or two.
The Everleigh, Upstairs, 150-156 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy.