Eau De Vie Melbourne

4.7
223 reviews
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$40 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Top tags:
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Created for the discerning bon vivant. Let our amicable host and expert team of bartenders transport you back to a much forgotten era where great service, cocktails, tommy guns and good times were king.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, European, Australian
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Hours of Operation
Dinner: Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 1:00am, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am
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Phone number
(03) 8393 9367
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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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.
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Private Party Contact
Maddie Nunan: (03) 8393 9367
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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
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Flinders Lane
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Parking Details
Various undercover car parks on Flinders Lane and Flinders Street.
Metered Street Parking on Exhibition Street
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Public Transit
Flinders Street Station - 500m
101 Collins Tram Stop - 200m
Flinders Street Tram Stop 7 - 200m
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Special Events & Promotions
Every Tuesday night here at Eau-de-Vie is Whisky and Cheese night - come in and enjoy custom whisky flights expertly paired to cheese by our talented team. 5 x 15ml whiskies matched to 5 cheeses for $40 per person. Bamm!!
Additional
Bar Dining, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room
Reviews from verified diners
223 reviews
4.7 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
77%
Very Good
17%
Good
4%
Fair
1%
Poor
1%
4.4
Food
4.6
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Booked a table and had ended up being seated in the corner with other people. Took ages for our drink order to be take as the waiter said he forgot about us. Around half of the food menu was unavailable, it was also really uncomfortable that the waiter sat at our table to take our order. Stayed for one drink which was excellent, before leaving. A massive shame because the Eau de Vie in Sydney is excellent. Very disappointed, won't be returning.

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S
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

FANTASTICO. Service was superb. Food was amazing. Band could have played for longer segments. But overall my friend who had landed that morning from Singapore to celebrate her bday was happy. I will definitely go back with another group.

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CW
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Great vibe and atmosphere. The booth is a must for a date. Cozy and very romantic.

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NW
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

The service was shocking.
We were reminded over and over again that we would only be allowed 90 minutes for our reservation. Fine. Its a Friday night and they are concerned about turn-over (more customers = more dollars). Ok. What I have a problem with, however, is that although I was willing to abide by their 90 minute limit, I had to wait almost 35 minutes to order. That's 35 minutes of my precious 90 minutes wasted waiting for 1 cocktail.
So, instead of squeezing every dollar they could out of me during that 90minutes (which I was willing to spend on date night, and they're obviously willing to take due to their 90 minute schedule) I left after only 1 cocktail, too conscious of the time.

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m
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great night, loved the whiskey with matched cheese tasting.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place and their amazing cocktails. The service is outstanding. The only down side is you only get your spot for 1.5 hours and we really wanted to stay and have more cocktails.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Service was very friendly but a bit slow. Drinks a couple of dollars more than you’d expect. Too noisy for anything more than superficial conversation.

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CL
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

A good whiskey collection and amazing cocktail menu.

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TM
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a fantastic find, if you know where to look 👀 😉👌🏻

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LS
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Being more a bar than a restaurant, the food options are amazing.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing selection of whisky and cocktails. We booked a table in advance and on arrival skipped the queue and were seated at the bar immediately. Service from there on out was incredible. Oscar was knowledgeable, attentive and friendly and provided impeccable service throughout, making us feel very special (it was our wedding anniversary). The ambience was also brilliant - loved everything from the decor to the music. And food is yummy too. Will definitely be back. Highly recommend!

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SA
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We loved the personable and knowledgeable wait staff - they are your best assets.
At the risk of sounding like an elderly citizen, I did find the music way too loud!

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LM
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I just love this place.
Drinks with two girlfriends , we got a booth, great service and presentation of the espresso martinis.
My favourite little bar in Melbourne.

Thank you!!

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LD
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

The experience in the bar is great in terms of doing something a bit different. The cocktails are exciting and the process that goes into making them is entertaining to watch. I had a god initial experience booking a table, seating and ordering our first cocktail.

However 20 minutes after we arrived the bar man told us they needed the table back in 10 minutes when I had booked for 90 minutes. This was fine and we kept our table however I spent twenty minutes trying to order a second drink, once I finally got to order, the barman who took the order went to polish glasses. Another 20 minutes later, I managed to get someones attention to cancel the order and give us our bill. From 8.20 pm to 9 pm I was sitting at the bar, trying to get a barman's attention, it wasn't a pleasant experience. I understand that they are busy, the drinks are very time consuming to make but over 40 minutes was ridiculous and really frustrating. I'd love to recommend to our friends but I would have to also tell this story.

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KP
2 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We didn’t eat but sampled a few cocktails and our boys tried a selection of scotch. Great place to meet for a drink at the start or end of an evening. Book and prepare to wait for a drink. But worth the wait. A special laneway hideaway in Melbourne.

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FB
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was really impressed for the quality of the experience you get.
The service you receive is really good, waiters are nice and friendly.
The menu itself is already something special to look at: simple to understand with everything you need to get the right cocktail.
Cocktails are amazing.
I suggest to get there with the idea of living an experienced. Try to be involved in the place, talk with waivers to receive advise on the cocktail you need, taste the food that is perfect and look yourself around, especially at the bar: the atmosphere is gonna be great!

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PM
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really good cocktails and service. My “Bloody Mary” was far too spicy and they’ve been lovely to swap it with another cocktails. That paste served with the cheese (Roquefort) was extremely bad though, like Hot Chili

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JM
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A little hard to find.... very Harry Potter with an "invisible" door, once you open that door, you are transformed back in time to the 1920's. The first to hit you is the tunes.... then the atmosphere, right down to the impeccable dressed waiters. A private booth providing the right intimacy for any special occasion, food was light and the flavours danced on the palette, show stopping theatrics for cocktails and finished with a smooth, warm whiskey! A deductive, sexy experience I'll never forget.

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GH
9 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a a great night. A well hidden spot with a sensational vibe! Cocktails to suit every taste and staff that are eager to please. We were bowled over by the range and taste of the cocktails....we sampled six between us and were not disappointed. The meat and cheese platter was a generous portion and our booth was the icing on the cake. A great experience.

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PR
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Cool location and great vibe. Had to stand in line for a while even though we had a booking for 5.30pm and arrived at that time, and the booking is only for 90 minutes, so by the time we were seated it was almost 5.50 pm. We were placed in a cramped spot on two bar stools even though we booked early in the week. We had to request drinks even though we were seated at the bar in front of the bartenders. Our eggplant fries, which were delicious, took about 30 minutes . We had to remind the staff that we were still waiting on our fries. This is such a great place, with a good vibe, nice food and great assortment of drinks. Hopefully the service can pick up because it is would then definitely be worth the visit.

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E
3 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really Delish as always, also have a nice variety of non-alcoholic cocktails so you don't have to miss out on the experience if you're not drinking. Great food selection and the best service.

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SS
3 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I love this place, but they REALLY need some kind of sign outside. Even a small one! I get that having no sign increases the Melbourne alleyway cool factor, but it's also kind of ridiculous. Do it - the hipsters will forgive you.

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T
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Unfortunately our drinks took 40 minutes (they forgot the order) and we were on the way to a show so it meant we had to drink them quickly once they arrived. Also, we had booked a table but we were in a 'booth' type area which completely cut us off from the ambience of the whole place. I've been before and it was great but not so great this time.

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C
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Brillant birthday celebration had at this amazing secret bar, loved atmosphere, cocktails were superb, staff very welcoming and friendly, couldnt fault it

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GM
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious but slightly overpriced food. The cocktails were amazing, both in presentation and taste. Ambience of the whole place was charming, and our service was exceptional.

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DY
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This place is a gem. This is what Melbourne is about. The large wooden entrance door with no sign set the scene. The super friendly staff (Laura and Laura the dutch girl) were fantastic. They gave us excellent advice. We were four friends from Sydney and we were sitting in a private booth. The main bar was also something amazing to see ! We only had tapas style food which was excellent and the cocktails were originals and tasty. We will come back.

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FU
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great night, Thanks to the staff! Great atmosphere!
Entertaining, friendly, attentive, helpful. Professional mixologists create perfect cocktails to suit tastes you enjoy, the type of cocktail you feel like having and introducing new flavours and twists you might not have thought to try. Suggestions based on your chat, interest in menu items, eye catching passing drinks and their flavour balancing skill.
Enjoy the friendliness and cocktail reviews of other patrons.... it ensures a great choice and experience.

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IY
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had a good time with a bunch of friends. Service was fast and friendly, definitely one of if not the best bar in Melbourne for me

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J
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great drinks, food and service. Place was a little hard to find but I think that's intentional 😉

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sensational. The food and cocktails are consistently perfect, I have never been let down. Love Eau De Vie!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Great cocktail bar with friendly service. Entry is a bit confusing with people with bookings & walk in patrons all queued up together. Would be better with 2 separate lines.

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GS
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous evening had by all. Knowledgeable waitresses who gave great advice and ideas of what to choose from the extensive drinks menu. Great ambiance, booking essential if you don't like to queue. Definitely will be returning here again soon.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

The bar was very lovely, though despite making a booking we where made to wait in line for 20 minutes whilst people that where just walk ins got preference over us. The entry way was also so narrow that 1, maybe 2 small people could only fit through at a time so there was no way of making your way to the front to try to get to a staff member about having made a booking. Along with this, there was not a single staff member even asked anyone in the line if they had a booking. So, basically don't bother booking and just try your luck when you walk in.

Once you get past that initial tarnish on their service(which it was kind of hard not to be in a sour mood at that point), the cocktail list and theatrics that go along with the presentation are very impressive. Table service is provided and staff have an extensive knowledge of the cocktails that are borderline fine dining standard, so they can guarantee that they have something for you(unless you want something along the lines of a whiskey sour, which they do not offer despite also being a whiskey bar).

They offered food, but we only came for cocktails so shared a cocktail each(one $18 and the other $24, reasonable pricing considering the effort behind them) and left shortly after. The cocktails where lovely and I'm sure that if we hadn't had our mood soured by the initial service of arrival we would have stayed longer.

We'll go back again one night as the cocktails where tasty and hope we'll be greeted with better service that can match the quality of their drinks next time.

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A
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

We were really disappointed with our meat and cheese board, the cheeses were ice cold, the bread also cold and limp and the garnishes unimpressive. There was also over half of the cheese menu sold out without any replacement offerings. The bar service was good but our food waiter was unable to correctly tell us which cheeses we had ordered when she delivered our board, instead telling us two of the cheeses were ones that were sold out and unavailable.
The bar itself is a nice atmosphere but the food service needs to be greatly improved upon.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible ambience accompanied by exceptional friendly, helpful and classy staff from reservation to wait /bar staff and chef plus team. I can't reccomend this venue enough. It's a Melbourne jewel.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We loved our evening at Eau De Vie. Perfect styled speakeasy, with great staff and tucked away from the world.
The cocktail menu is an experience, which we faced head on!! We had the share plates of food, where the kitchen chooses the food for you, it was more than ample, great value and delicious choices.
We will definitely be back, and recommend anyone to experience the venue themselves.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Espresso Martini you will ever have. Watching the cocktails being made is a highlight. Would like to try them all. The stuffed mushrooms and calamari were delicious.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service loved the food and enjoyed the unusual cocktails. Very inventive. Music a little too loud but 2 of us were much older.
Very enjoyable evening

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JH
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Loved loved this place. Drinks a bit expensive but you pay for the experience. Fantastic place we all enjoyed.

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A
7 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent, authentic bar with passionate staff, complete cocktail menu, perfect small bites-calamari a must have . All age groups feel comfortable. Inky 3 reds & 3 white wines , probably need more Pinot Noir & burgundy options for those who don’t drink spirits .

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