If you were seeking evidence for the ever-evolving diversification and specialisation of Australia's small-bar culture, The Everleigh would make a good Exhibit A. This is a bar for grown-ups, a bar that takes its business seriously, but does so in a way that eschews intimidation. That seriousness is focused on making sure customers have a good time through the fine-tuning of drinks, service and music with an experienced hand. It might be a meticulously curated bar but it never feels staged or pretentious. It's also a whole lot of fun, like the fantasy of a cocktail bar made real. Make ours a double. The Everleigh, Level 1, 150-156 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, Vic, (03) 9416 2229
We've made our decisions and folded our napkins. Please raise
your glass to the winners of the 2013 Australian Gourmet Traveller
WORDS MAX ALLEN, MICHAEL HARDEN & PAT NOURSE PHOTOGRAPHY DIEU TAN, JARED FOWLER, VANESSA LEVIS, BEN DEARNLEY, MARCEL AUCAR & JULIAN KINGMA
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