The latest small bar to open in Melbourne, Romeo Lane, is fast becoming one of my favourite places to go. A relaxed vibe and great cocktails, Joe and Roz (formerly of Lily Blacks) have created something very special.
Romeo Lane is a softly lit, front-room style bar, that is warm and inviting (am wondering if the fireplace will be in action over the winter months?). The swing music makes a welcome change from the jazz so often heard in cocktail bars and is fabulous for this divinely romantic (perfect first date) venue.
There are crystal decanters on the back shelf in place of the usual branded bottles, and the small bar area is teeming with vintage bar ware and accessories (I covet the silver coasters).
On both of my visits I’ve been seriously impressed with the pleasant, prompt service and friendliness of the staff. The cocktails, a dirty martini and a Negroni, have been spot on and a glance over the cocktail list shows an impressive and inviting selection. (My friend raved about the Pollyanna).
You know a bar is good when your favourite bartenders talk about it, and frequent it themselves. Joe and Roz have created a brilliant little spot and I’m looking forward to my next visit to Romeo Lane.
Have you visited Romeo Lane? What did you think?