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The door at Chez Regine is half open, and right on Russell Street. There's none of the hide-and-seek you'd expect from a Melbourne bar modelled on Whiskey-A-Go-Go

You want whisky, whisky or whisky? At Chez Regine, there's 191 of ’em on offer. Yes, you heard right. But what to do with them? If you're not a whisky nerd and have turned up purely for a stickybeak and a cocktail, may we suggest bartender Evelyn Liong's Islay Orgy? The magic's in the ice cube - a frozen sugar'n'salt lump floating in a measure of Lagavulin 16 year. The ice slowly melts through the drink, creating an adventure in every sip, from the peat-bog slap in the face of the original whisky to the briny stink of a Pickleback and finally an almost medicinal drink that partly resembles cough mixture and partly resembles seawater. It's quite possibly the most interesting whisky cocktail you're likely to stumble across at the moment. The room, as you might expect, is an homage to the dram, with walls covered in vintage whisky bottles - both full and empty - and a strange rack of old hats. Want to get the measure of a date? Take ’em here - if they turn their nose up at the brown spirit, you'll know to cancel round two. It's for the best, really. Chez Regine is only open Thursday to Saturday - guarantee yourself a spot at the bar by turning up a little later in the evening and finishing off the night with nature's greatest healer.

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By Myffy Rigby   |   Photos by Graham Denholm

Chez Regine details

270 Russell St, Melbourne 3000

Telephone 0420 309 660

Nearby Stations: Melbourne Central; Parliament

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Open Thu-Sat 5pm-late

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