Eau De Vie Melbourne

4.6
618 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 618 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Energetic
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JodieG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There was a lot of variety for cocktails. The staff were also amazing - incredibly knowledgeable and friendly.

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LouLou
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

Great ambience, excellent cocktail menu and fabulous location. Very crowded on Sat night, recommend booking a booth.

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MichaelV
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great evening, great drinks and great staff. Highly recommend

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Abernathy
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall2Food5Service4Ambience2

The ambience was awful with a massive loud group screaming and yelling. We wish large groups were limited or separated from smaller ones.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Very simple cocktails which needs waiting for half an hour to be served.
Quality and amount of sprit and liquor was really disappointed. More than 70% of my glass was only ice. Quality pre-Covid was much more better.
If you guys can not cope with current market situation, I wish you increase the price by 5-7 dollars but serve me real cocktails which compensate waiting time.

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SaraB
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Hard to locate the door - we walked past twice! Lovely staff and really interesting cocktail list. First class presentation. Small bites to go with the drinks. Perfect for a fun catch up with friends or an intimate start to your evening.

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HayleighW
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Would highly recommend! We arrived early and they were able to get us in even though it was busy. Our server was extremely knowledgeable! We didn’t know what we wanted so gave him our likes and dislikes and he served us exactly what we wanted. We will definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

It’s a hidden gem, took a while to find the big wooden door along Malthouse Lane but after calling the bar we were directed to the entry. It’s an intimate little bar to meet friends. Drinks menu is extensive even though Eau De Vie is known for its Whiskey collection. We kicked off the night at EDV but in hindsight would have preferred to finish here. Attentive service and laid back atmosphere amongst the leather lounges.

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TanuP
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience5

While the cocktails and the food were lovely, the staff member was very insistent on reminding us about leaving the table at the end of the time slot, going so far as to start a 20 minute countdown and reminding us every 5 minutes. It was a quiet evening with about half the tables vacant, as well as the bar area. As we were walking out, we did not see a crowd lining up to get in, so this was a bit puzzling and was not something I have experienced before - either here or any other Melbourne establishment. Time limits are quite normal and most diners understand this without being made to feel like they are sitting on a ticking time bomb.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly manager and employees. Well taken care of and we’ll worth the experience

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CaseyB
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful evening - everything was delicious (both drinks and food). Only point worth noting that a 90 minute sitting seemed very short, particularly for the ‘feed me’ option! Would love to have had the full two hours to relax a little more. Thanks!

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Untitled
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So impressed by the service and the cocktails. Best night out!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food the drinks the service all outstanding…we will definitely be back! A hidden gem…

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DebG
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely night at Eau De Vie. The Elysee Montmaitie is absolutely beautiful and highly recommended.

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Tyrone
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Made a 7:30 booking so we could grab 1 drink before our 8pm dinner booking at a restaurant on the same street.
We got there on time but it took 10 minutes to be seated at our table. We were sat down at 7:40 and mentioned to the waitress that we were just wanting one drink before our dinner booking but didn’t have anyone come to take our drinks order until 8pm so we left without having tried anything.

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Alysha
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love the place its my 4th time there. They gave a a complimentary drink because they were understaffed we didn't even notice the service was fabulous.

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Warren
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My Wife and I had a fantastic time on Saturday Night. After a very difficult day, we were so well taken care of, had the most amazing service & care, and our waitress was simply beyond words. She was so enthusiastic, knowledgeable and caring. We'll definitely be coming back to your wonderful bar.

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OpenTable
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The most delectable cocktails - by an exceptional team.

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vipRossA
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

A great place for an unusual cocktail. Busy and a little noisy sometimes but fun to watch.

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Cath
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the ambience, watching the cocktails being made in front of you was exciting and fun. They were short a chef the night we visited so were more lenient on the length of time we could stay for. Would definitely come back again!

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Gobnet
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Difficult to eat food from low tables - being older than usual crowd it would have been nice to be offered normal table

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Ambiance, amazing setting and to top it off the service from Jack at the bar was second to none. Will
Be back.

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Nancy
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We’re originally from Sydney and heard about this place and it definitely lived to its hype! Drinks were great, service was amazing. Definitely would recommend

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HollyD
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Always loved this place in the past but the current 1 hour sitting sessions are not conducive to really enjoying the venue. Whilst all service staff were very nice and attentive, we felt rushed to get through our drinks and food so that we can be ushered out for the next round of guests.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Beautiful cocktails served by knowledgeable staff. The only downside is it's VERY loud due to it being a very compact space. Unfortunately there were quite a few banshees with no volume control on the night I was there. Can't fault it otherwise.

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VitaP
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience and service , will be back again for sure!

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Taneliza
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Third visit which speaks for itself. Attentive, informative & friendly staff. Will return.

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vipFredericoD
4 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Amazing as always. But cocktails came out slow and with the 1:30h limit it felt a bit rushed. A 2 hours service would be more appropriate.

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AylinD
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tasty and good quality cocktails. I am very much impressed with the way they are preparing. Nice venue, nice people

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just a really enjoyable experience.
The service Staff were lovely and attentive
The cocktails were very tasty but it was also the theatre of the service that was really fun and unique.

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Ashley
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All the staff were very lovely, the food was beautiful and they served incredible drinks.

OT
OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the vibe, ambience and service. Cheese platter was fantastic. My cocktail DiD come out with fairy floss and a plane … just had to see it for myself. Super recommended

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Alisha
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful creative cocktails with excellent service. We also had some appetisers which were super delicious. Can't wait to come back!

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SeanR
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Limited menu, was not advised at time of booking.

Sat at bar was not told this was the seating when booking (seriously who on earth wants to sit at the bar at a cocktail place)

Cocktails were expensive and average, also didn’t have ingredients to make a specific basic cocktail.

If you want to go somewhere that might look great on Insta but really is average at best this is the place.

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SianH
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The decor and the staff all played into the ambience of a prohibition jazz club, our waiter was simply fantastic and the cocktails were well made and balanced. Thanks!

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TamaraW
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing hidden spot in Melbourne. Especially on a cold winters night.
Drinks are a bit pricey but you pat for whole experience which makes it worth it.
Staff very knowledgeable & accommodating with request for vegan options.

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VanessaW
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Perfect for dates, special occasions or have a different experience.
Most of the drinks are a spectacle and delicious.

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JillF
3 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food1Service5Ambience5

Drinks only

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friends and I just love this place ! Staff are amazing and it just has a cool vibe with amazing cocktails ♥️

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DaleM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and cocktails were excellent!

FAQs

Eau De Vie Melbourne is rated 4.6 stars by 618 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.