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Eau De Vie Melbourne

4.6
4.6
673 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.

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Booked 28 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, European, Australian

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (03) 8393 9367

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    Eau-de-Vie serves a tapas style sharing menu available to order a la carte with our main bar reservations. If you are wanting to book our formal dining experience - The Cocktail Degustation please email the venue directly at melbourne@eaudevie.com.au

  • Private party facilities

    Host your next event at one of Melbourne’s most acclaimed Cocktail Bars. Winner of Australia’s Best Bar team, Best Cocktail List, and Best Bartender, Eau De Vie is the perfect place to host a sophisticated cocktail party for your friends or colleagues.With three different rooms at your disposal we can cater for any group big or small.

  • Private party contact

    Maddie Nunan: (03) 8393 9367

  • Area

    Melbourne CBD

  • Cross Street

    Flinders Lane

  • Parking Details

    Various undercover car parks on Flinders Lane and Flinders Street.<br />Metered Street Parking on Exhibition Street

  • Public Transit

    Flinders Street Station - 500m<br />101 Collins Tram Stop - 200m<br />Flinders Street Tram Stop 7 - 200m

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room

Menu

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What 673 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Late Night Find

  • Melbourne

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • City Centre

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • City Centre

    Late Night Find

  • City Centre

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. DF

    DavidF

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and great cocktails -a very nice place to start the evening

  2. HS

    HelenS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    I sat at the which I hadn’t done before here but I like sitting at the bar elsewhere.. probably not as relaxing as elsewhere .. new staff who I felt for but she hindered the other staff and so the service was slow and awkward I thought .. but it doesn’t stop me from going again .. overall another lovely experience Thank you

  3. DC

    DeborahC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best place to go for cocktails to start a Friday night.

  4. C

    Casey

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Fantastic range of drinks, lovely atmosphere and a great charcuterie board to pair. Only issue was our server, I think his name was Mike. Though, incredibly friendly he seemed to have a short attention span and was quite forgetful. Taking our questions and order/s and immediately forgetting. I’d recommend to him to slow down and actively listen, as well as finishing one task before moving on to another.

  5. NT

    NicholasT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience4

    Fantastic experience overall. A little hard to find exactly with no signage. Energetic vibe and very impressive cocktails and whisky selection.

  6. N

    Nick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous hidden gem . Amazing cocktails and fabulous food. Great atmosphere. Staff were lovely . Will be back for sure .

  7. P

    Phil

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    Incredible cocktails, well-presented. Staff a bit pretentious and not very warm / hospitable (one of the first things our waiter said was “remember this is a 90min booking, we’ll need the table back after that - didn’t lend a relaxed atmosphere!). Sparse food menu and one for the dishes wasn’t available - definitely good for a visit on your way to, or way back from dinner, but not the main event.

  8. JL

    JenniL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great hidden gem in Melbourne Good ambience and service

  9. AM

    AdamM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We loved out time there 😊👌🏽 You made my partners birthday very special. Thank you 😊🙏

  10. EG

    EmllynG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved our time there, but it's a bit pricey. Very popular, so must book weeks ahead for good seating.

  11. KN

    KylieN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Alyssa is amazing. She is so helpful and nice.

  12. B

    Bday

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We never ate but the cheese/meat board looked great. Cocktails were fantastic and we really enjoyed the theatre and ambience.

  13. KS

    KellyS

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Definitely my favourite bar in Melbourne. Quiet, dimly lit speakeasy with the option of couches, high tables or small nooks tucked away. Wonderful, knowledgable staff and a wide selection of spectacular cocktails..

  14. J

    Jess

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Service was brilliant. Best mocktail I’ve ever had. Meat platter was delicious but not enough bread for price. Watching cocktails made and poured was a real experience of the senses!!

  15. L

    Libracharlie

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 April 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    So we booked for an early drink and dinner. Strict 90minute booking which isn’t that clear when booking - hidden in the small print. But the chef wasn’t available for first 45 mins. Then he was but just about nothing in the (already limited) food menu available anyway, just a 4 item menu of cheese, olives and cold meats. Seriously? Otherwise cocktails delicious. Ambience great. Love the ‘you’ve just got to know’ no signage on the entrance door. Would recommend for drinks but not dinner.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice speak easy

  17. RJ

    ReneeJ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4

    The service was terrible. The waiter was abrupt and refused to serve us a 3rd drink as we were 15 min from our seating time ending, in a half empty bar. We were bluntly told no to ordering particular food/drinks with no offer of alternatives. The watered down old fashioned was not enough to salvage such a terrible service experience.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome cocktails, very cool decor - great for a date but probably just one drink as they are pretty expensive!

  19. BB

    BekB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience as always. Great drinks and service.

  20. JC

    JoyceC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    The cheese platter is ok , the mix drink was below average

  21. MS

    MarkS

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Looking forward to when they return to their normal menu

  22. MH

    MattH

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Shhhh, need to keep this place under the radar! Great place.

  23. KM

    KyleM

    Melbourne

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Just a Melbourne institution, being a Melbourne institution

  24. RD

    RonanD

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Eau de Vie - truly a hidden gem With the speakeasy type vibe we shouldn’t have been surprised that finding the (unmarked) front door on an alley was part of the “experience” but once we found it we just loved the whole experience. Food menu is currently more limited due to Covid but the cheeses and charcuterie were divine. Add to that the fabulous cocktail menu, exotic atmosphere and this is a perfect sport for before or after an event in the CBD - a show etc. Would definitely recommend a visit

  25. E

    Eyelashflutterer

    Melbourne

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    No chef, so limited menu. Like VERY limited menu. Bread and butter and a cheese platter. Hopefully a one off.

  26. n

    neve

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    the vibe and ambience of eau de vie was incredible ! not to mention the incredible drinks, presentation, food and awesome helpful service from staff. overall an awesome experience, will be coming back soon :D

  27. CJ

    CandJR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous ambience and great list of theatrical cocktails. A real experience!

  28. R

    Rbyn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely loved Eau De Vie - the atmosphere, the staff, the decor... all awesome! Highly recommended... it's an experience! Have been telling everyone.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Great pre dinner indulgence 🍸

  30. TB

    TimB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A truly amazing venue, Once you find and step through the door you are transported to another world. We love this place and it is our go-to when visitng Melbourne. Make it your next venue to visit, it's a gem and you won't be disappointed

  31. BM

    BronwynM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience1

    Food and cocktails fantastic The service was ok but we were continually advised we only had a 90 minute reservation which was quite off putting.

  32. J

    Jaseats123

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4

    Ordered drinks but the worker never put them through. We had another reservation at another location so we had to leave. When we enquired about our drinks (after waiting 35 mins for them) a staff member apologised and stated there was no record of our order. He tried to offer us a free shot but returned and said they had run out. Vibe inside is nice but disappointed we weren’t able to enjoy our drinks.

  33. BP

    BagasP

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Best bar for me and my girlfriend. Great place to have a date. Great service and drinks

  34. SH

    SharonH

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2

    Waited 15 mins at the door when there was plenty of empty tables even though we had a booking. Then once seated waited 20 mins before our order was taken then in total 40 mins before our first drink was delivered. We have been to this little cocktail bar plenty of times but I think this was our last. Service has suffered and the drinks are over priced.

  35. AC

    AaronC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great vibe, excellent customer service and amazing cocktails!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    It was lovely but I don’t think the 1.5hour sitting is enough and I felt rushed

  37. n

    nven

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience4

    Excellent bar snacks and the drinks were creative.

  38. BS

    BrianS

    Sunshine Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, friendly staff, excellent knowledge of all the catering eg food and drinks. We definitely will be back in the future.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    It felt like this place had lost its shine. Previous visits have been so memorable but this time felt a little ordinary. Drinks and food were nice but we weren’t given much space to soak up the atmosphere in between wait staff pestering us to order more. It spoilt our date to be honest..

  40. n

    nandos

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The place is a little bit difficult to find, you would need to go down the alley and look for a big brown door

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

Eau De Vie Melbourne is rated 4.6 stars by 673 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

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Booked 28 times today
Google Map for Eau De Vie Melbourne

1 Malthouse Lane Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Flinders Lane

  • Area

    Melbourne CBD

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, European, Australian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Various undercover car parks on Flinders Lane and Flinders Street.<br />Metered Street Parking on Exhibition Street

  • Public Transit

    Flinders Street Station - 500m101 Collins Tram Stop - 200mFlinders Street Tram Stop 7 - 200m

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room

  • Phone number

    (03) 8393 9367

  • Catering

    Eau-de-Vie serves a tapas style sharing menu available to order a la carte with our main bar reservations. If you are wanting to book our formal dining experience - The Cocktail Degustation please email the venue directly at melbourne@eaudevie.com.au

  • Private party facilities

    Host your next event at one of Melbourne’s most acclaimed Cocktail Bars. Winner of Australia’s Best Bar team, Best Cocktail List, and Best Bartender, Eau De Vie is the perfect place to host a sophisticated cocktail party for your friends or colleagues.With three different rooms at your disposal we can cater for any group big or small.

  • Private party contact

    Maddie Nunan: (03) 8393 9367

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