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Sven Almenning of Sydney bar Eau De Vie has opened a sister venue, EDV, in Malthouse Lane

They pull out all the stops – and the liquid nitrogen – here. At any given time someone at EDV is shaking, freezing or setting drinks on fire, which makes this bar a thrilling and hazardous place of refreshment.

The Melbourne cousin to Sydney’s Eau de Vie, it is a beautiful Prohibition-style speakeasy where black leather booths, cut glass and rare liquor rule the roost. They have a whole room dedicated to whisky, and the back bar is a towering, glittering mass of things you want to put in your glass.

You’ll find this luxe hooch parlour at the end of otherwise empty Malthouse Lane marked by nothing but a gas lamp – making this one of the few speakeasy style bars in town with a genuine grasp on what that means. Open the door, and you’ll be washed with jazz. Sit at the bar and you’ll be taken on a magical mystery tour of history’s greatest drinks with a 2013 tszujing-up.

Their take on the Aviation (an Aviator) has rhubarb syrup replacing the Maraschino in the flowery gin drink and it comes garnished with a tiny paper plane gliding on a fairy floss cloud. Your Martini is snap chilled with liquid nitrogen. But we’re also happy just to order a well made Old Pal off-list too – the bartenders, lead by owner Greg Sanderson, are a gunslingin’ bunch.

The ice is pure bubble-free frozen gold from a Hoshizaki ice machine (pride of Japan), the worldwide whisk(e)y collection is so vast it gets its own room, and if you really mean business you can procure a private locker to stash your personal bottle of hooch.

Come for the cocktails; stay for the beluga caviar from a bar menu that runs all night, not to mention some of the best chat in the city.

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By Gemima Cody   |  

EDV details

Address
1 Malthouse Ln, Melbourne 3000

Telephone 0412 825 441

Transport
Nearby Stations: Flinders Street; Parliament; Jolimont

Price per person including drinks $51 to $100

Open Mon-Sat 5pm-1am

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