Eau De Vie Melbourne

4.6
542 reviews
$40 and under
Tapas / Small Plates

A bar straight out of 1920’s prohibition America, from the moment you walk in you are taken back to a much forgotten era. Once inside you can sit up at the bar, at one of our shared high tables, our low banquette and coffee table seating, or a more intimate and private booth.

Secretly hidden behind our book case, the Whisky Room owes its name to our large collection of rare and exclusive whiskies that live here. It is also home to our Bottle Lockers, where you can purchase your favourite spirit bottle from Eau-de- Vie and store it for your next visit.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 542 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MezS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

It was not made clear when I booked that it was a 90 minute sitting.
The waiter ignored our drink orders and brought out whatever cocktail he thought we would like.
We were too rushed to order food we wanted (what we had was tasty) and the waitress forgot to order our salad.
Cocktails are a rip off - massive spherical Ice block takes up the whole glass leaving about 3 sips of drink.
Almost forcibly pushed out the door for the next table to sit.
So looking forward to a relaxing night out after months of no going out.....I guess people are trying to recoup last year’s losses but we felt rushed, not in control and not at all relaxed.
Very disappointed 😞

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vipShaneO
10 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A little hard to find for first time at Eau De Vie. Bookings are essential, many people walking in expecting a table were sent packing. Fantastic atmosphere, excellent cocktails, we tried almost all of them! Food was great very large servings. The staff on the floor were great, very helpful and very polite. A must if you like a great cocktail and a great atmosphere.

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AnnaO
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hidden cocktail bar with great range of cocktails that taste super delicious. Waitors are so knowledgable. Had a very fun night.

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SandyC
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience5

Interesting that I booked a night out for 10 friends and expected to stay there all evening - shocked that we only had a 90 minute time slot but we went with it ! It took a while to order drinks and the waitress didn't ask us if we wanted food(which we did) I think if you are going to lock people into small time sessions then you would want to be fast as taking orders and serving drinks. The place had a great feel and it lived up to all the reviews online - it was quite expensive but we expected that.

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AmyS
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was on point. Do yourself a favour and get the espresso martini drink with the whipped cream made with Rum. It will not disappoint

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience5

Had a 7:45 booking but they were running behind. Was seated at 8:15. Ordered drinks

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JonC
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just a shout out to Daniel who was very accomodating and professional. He helped me lock in a last minute booking for nine people for a special occasion. Great guy, great team and really good food at a reasonable price. Looking forward to going back.

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KimA
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

EDV was amazing! Food and cocktails were delicious. Highly recommend it 👌

JP
JessicaP
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very cool bar experience I would recommend to anyone who enjoys alcohol:)

FJ
FrankJ
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere. Tasty food and delicious cocktail experiences

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BarryM
3 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

Service and drinks were excellent, but the noise level made conversation difficult. No need for the music at the level played, the atmosphere with the people having a great time is plenty. Didn’t eat there, so no comment on the food.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Glad I did a reccy to find the location the day before! 😂Lovely evening, good service, great food! Cocktails delicious, great ambiance and an ‘underground’ feel. Thank you!

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AndreaF
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience5

The worst service ever, the staff did not mention us that after us the table was already book for another group. We found out when staff brought us the bill. Worst manners ever.

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AmandaG
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite place to go when in town. Always great.

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RosaaaaMeow
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I like the vibe, eveything. food and drink is wonderful

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RoryT
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really groovy place, great for a first date. Friendly and helpful bar staff

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youwontwanttopublish
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

I enjoyed it a lot and would return.

I found the place quite noisy but I liked our waiter a great deal and found him helpful. The food was very nice and the choice of drinks was AWESOME.

The place isn't comfortable enough for me to be a regular (there seem to be a lot of hipsters and its too noisy and dark to go on my own and read, which I can do at Punch Lane or the City Wine Bar). As a venue for a flight of whiskies it is a great special event place, though

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

My wife’s birthday.

OT
OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. Lovely staff and food and drinks

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Beautiful drinks, service was a bit slow - but the drinks made up for it!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, service and cocktails

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SamuelD
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible experience! Great selection of fine food, incredible cocktail list and mind blowing collection of whisky. Highly recommend for special occasions!

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Daniel
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and atmosphere, will definitely be coming again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great place. From the intrigue of finding the entrance and then your eyes adjusting to the low light as you walk in - your experience begins. Fantastic venue. A must do experience in Melbourne

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NeilS
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall1Food4Service4Ambience4

We reserved a booking to have dinner, but were seated at low tables with stools rather than a ding table, very awkward to eat our meals

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RebeccaW
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love coming here, such a great atmosphere. Been with friends, family,groups or couple its lovely. Service is great and worth the $$ for what you get.

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Jess
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was exceptional. Cocktails were amazing and served with entertaining twist. Cannot fault this place will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
5 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great start to a girls night out!

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SteveI
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it! Thank you! We really enjoyed our first time to the venue!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

All good but the server was too attentive. We felt a little harassed and couldn’t wait to leave. Food and drinks were great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Definitely a Melbourne experience and a great place to take out of town friends. The drinks are fantastic, although service can be a little slow.

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MichelleF
5 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for the absolute bargain of a deal: whiskey and cheese tasting board @$40 for 5 of each.
We tried a bunch of cocktails as well (my favourite is called ‘deerstalker’ I think?)
3 of us sat in a cool little booth.
The only sad part is the timed bookings (standard in busy places like this, and I totally understand) But they come and remind you, so you still have time to finish drinks.
We didn’t try any menu food as we just had a short early sitting and went for dinner after. Highly recommend the quality cocktails and the cheese and wine deal (only on Tuesday nights?)

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Mike
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good service. Cocktails were one of a kind. Great night.

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bridgitd
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great venue - loved the atmosphere, the food, and cocktails. Will come again!

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GourmetGirl
5 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Loved the cosy ambiance and mood lighting of this bar. The expresso martini I had was excellent and definitely a step above other expresso martinis that I have had. The service took a little while, considering my table did not order food, only drinks, but the venue was very busy and the cocktails were definitely worth the wait. I would suggest having a sign along or outside Malthouse Lane to help people find the bar, as it was definitely tucked away.

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Rita
13 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Had a great night at Eau. We arrived at 730pm, at which stage a few of the menu items were unavailable already, which was unfortunate. However the substitutes were delicious. Drinks were great and presented beautifully.
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CarrieI
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved being here. Only issue was we lost 45 of our booking due to not be able to find it. No signage.

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Valentina
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

I have been going to Eau De Vie for years I am disappointed they have changed their food menu I used to love the warm goat's cheese dip I did not like the deep fried brie at all! I also wish they would bring back their full drinks menu

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SssVvv
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved every cocktail we ordered and the cheese platter was awesome too! :)

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MattC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place with plenty of theatre. Can’t wait to go again.

FAQs

Eau De Vie Melbourne is rated 4.6 stars by 542 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.