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Eau De Vie Melbourne

4.6
428 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 428 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.5
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EzzaLouM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

The venue was hard to find, had to have the waitress meet us outside the front door. Cocktails were great, but service was incredibly slow, and in 90 minutes only got two rounds of drinks because of it, would have been happy to have 3/4 rounds. That was disappointing as we were enjoying the cocktails, which were great.

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Anne
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Couldn't find the entrance and lost time on our reservation for it, the waitress wasn't welcoming and warm and the table setting wasn't very nice in the room. The cocktail was good, but I wouldn't come again or recommend.

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taniae
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

No sign so hard to find. Yes i know its a speakeasy but needs some signage. More like a theme bar at Sovereign Hill. Sydney one way cooler.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hard to find but wonderful place . Food and drinks so good and service was wonderful . Hard to find a fault once you find the wooden door

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NicoleL
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful evening ‘
Staff and service second to none as always ‘ very comfortable with social distancing and Covid measures implemented by venue . Meal was lovely - drinks and knowledge by waitstaff fantastic .
Highly recommend .

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BigLucy
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to come for a drink or 3, the cocktails were outstanding and made with flair, the tapas style food was to die for.
Will be back definitely for drinks with a group of friends and make a whole night out of it.
Well done and thank you 🥃🍹

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PeterH
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Due to the current restrictions there were plenty of room and outstanding service. Food was great and the cocktails were tasty!!

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ttttt
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of the best cocktail places in Melbourne - and that's some stiff competition. A very strong choice for a date.

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Tracy
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Eau de vie is always my favourite place for cocktails. Their food is really good. We loved the Beef, it was tender and juicy. Definitely go back again for food and drinks.

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SusieK
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Amazing venue for cocktails with fabulous food as well. The theatre of the bartenders is well worth watching!

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LisaH
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience, service, cocktails and food. Thank you

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RheanJakob
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was me and my partner’s 4 years anniversary and we chose to sit at the bar to have drinks and dinner.

From the second we walked in the politeness, entertainment, conversation, service everything was amazing and especially the bartenders Belle and the English guy (we didn’t get his name) were amazing company. They mad us feel so special and made sure we were happy and content at all times.
They helped us with a variety of different cocktails, asked what our likes and dislikes were. They even showed us how certain aromas/flavour we are not keen on can taste amazing with a combination of ingredients we never thought of.

We purely enjoyed the cocktails and the food, it definitely inspired us to have a crack of it at home.

This place is one of our favourites and the night will be unforgettable for us, we can’t thank you enough for everything and for making us feel like VIP.

Rhea and Jakob.

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MichaelSP
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

A different level of cocktail and flavour creation and presentation. Must try experience in Melbourne!

The best seat in the house is in the bar.

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helenek
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for cocktails and great cheeses.
Still cool - ambience and crowd.

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LynneF
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow Eau De Vie is amazing! We had a wonderful afternoon. You stepped through the door and back in time. The cocktails are made with perfection and flair. The food was wonderful we had the 5meats and cheese platter and it was great to munch on between 3 of us. This is a must go to venue with Tiarna a helpful and fun host. It is nice to see people dress up to go out.

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SpirosE
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambience, eclectic menu and amazing cocktails with lots of theatre. Melbourne’s best kept secret...shh!

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RickW
New England
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Cocktails as performance art. This is NOT your average bar. From the cocktails they’re constantly inventing to the novel way they present them in the menu, everything about Eau de Vie is unique and delightful. The bartenders work hard at their craft and enjoy telling you about it. And their work is delicious! Don’t go here just to get a drink, go here to have an experience.

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JananiH
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Cocktails were great ! You would need to know your liquor otherwise it gets too confusing as there are heaps of amazing options !!

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Zoeee
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

We go here all the time and finally got to try the food here this time. we loved it! This time when we wanted to get the bill service was a little slow but we figured it was because staff were on breaks which is fine, we didn't mind. Looking forward to another cocktail night soon!

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MattO
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was a great experience with a group of friends after work for a drink. Happy to return again.

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KimLT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cocktails were outstanding. Not having had dinner, but with plans to dine later, we chose some olives, sourdough and croque monsieur. All were delicious and were the perfect accompaniment to cocktails.

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James
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4Food2Service3Ambience5

Apart from the strict booking time-frames, which are way too short for a venue with this potential, the atmosphere, drinks menu and bar staff are all excellent.

Food dishes are extremely small snack-serves - Don't expect meals unless you've booked to dine explicitly.

Booking are strictly an hour and a half... you will be moved on after your booking is done and you may only get a single drink in that time if you don't order two up front.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

too hyped, terrible food, booked a table was seated at the bar, can't say this was anything special at all

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service2Ambience4

Cocktails are amazing and love the theatre of how they are served... service was exceptionally slow throughout the 90min we were there.

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Arobati
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Waited slightly longer than expected for our cocktails after we ordered. Same with our meat and cheese board. Understandable as they were busy. However, ambiance and atmosphere distracted us slightly from this wait time. Overall great experience and will be visiting again soon.

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WellyChick
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely bartender and amazing Whiskey tasting platter. You have to try the Espresso Zabaione!!!

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AndrewS
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Amazing range of whiskey. I tried rhy, Irish and Scotish Isle varieties to see what I had been missing out on.

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AndreaD
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing, service, cocktails and food, was the best night we had in Melbourne, if your are ever in Melbourne this is the place to go.....

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PolinaP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The drinks are amazing! The food beside the drink is great!

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Booked about three to four weeks in advance for two - it was our four year anniversary and EDV was very well represented in Sydney.

Upon arrival we were seated at the bar, at the far end, lodged against a wall and told us ‘I have a booking for 8 so you will have it until then’ - almost as if we were walk-ins.

We spent most of the hour and a half we were there trying to get the attention of the bar staff - disappointing experience that marred what was meant to be a special occasion.

Value and quality was brilliant.

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WayneD
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, excellent service with delicious meals, share platters could larger but unrivalled in taste, knowledgeable waiters and unsurpassed collection of cocktails and spirits.

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely waiter, was great that she called us to the bar to watching my cocktail being made.
Enjoyed the food, fun menu.

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KimmiS
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and awesome menu! A definite must for any visitor to Melbourne.

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Felicity
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience5

Over the last 12 months since living in Melbourne, l have taken 15 plus people to Eau de Vie. Always had a good time and great experience.
However, on Friday a drink was spilt over me by a member of staff. An accident yes, but the customer service following the incident was not great.
They removed the drinks we hadn't yet been served from the bill, and thought that was acceptable. Finally after speaking to a manager's manager they agreed to remove the round of drinks that we had had, however this should have been an immediate reaction. I left very upset with the whole of the left side of my dress drenched and stinking of alcohol. Offering a customer a few paper towels and a glass of soda water for them to mop themselves up is not recompense. A manager should have been made immediately aware and should have said "this round is on us" and an offer to cover the dry cleaning of the dress (this l did get after escalating to the first manager).
In contrast, on Saturday at another venue with 5 friends, 1 drink was left off the order. They apologised and immediately got the drink and on delivery said to my friend "this one is on us". I'll definitely be going back there.
I have always loved Eau de Vie, but this experience has left me hesitant to go back.

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JCameron
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never disappoints. The best cocktails, and cocktail making theatre, in all if Melbourne. Grazie EDV. Another fabulous nigh!

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LumiC
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great venue, difficult to find without any signage, excellent presentation of food and drinks, great atmosphere, just a bit noisy at times; pricey but worthwhile 😊

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PaulC
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The best place to visit for a special occasion. The service and overall experience is top class.

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AndreaD
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is great! The staff are knowledgeable and gave excellent recommendations to suit our tastes.
Try and get a spot at the bar so that you can watch the different types of drinks being made. Entertaining and great way to make your date or friend feel fancy.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Huge variety of cocktail selection
Amazing presentation

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MichelleC
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

We had a fabulous time celebrating our anniversary it was a perfect venue to start off our evening. thank you for helping us make it a very special night

FAQs

Eau De Vie Melbourne is rated 4.6 stars by 428 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.