All posts tagged: cocktails

After Hours with Eau De Vie

We chatted to Greg Sanderson, owner of one our favourite speakeasy bars, Eau de Vie for the inside scoop on the world of cocktails and the Melbourne bar scene.   You’ve been in the industry for several years now and have also won the 2012 Australian Bartender of the Year Award. In your opinion what makes a good bartender? A great bartender first and foremost must be a fantastic host. Receiving service from a professional bartender should feel like you have been invited into their home and you are being taken care of like a friend. Sure an in-depth knowledge of spirits, cocktails and everything they are serving is important but a truly great bartender will know exactly when to pull out those facts and not force them upon their guests. As well as being an impeccable host they must move with grace and purpose, entertain but know how to leave a conversation gracefully to keep working, must be clean and organised, and always be willing to learn new things.   Eau De Vie is one …

A new Fitzroy, food & cocktail pairing

Long-time Fitzroy cocktail institution Polly recently formed a one-of-a-kind collaboration with ‘anti-restaurant’ project, Chee-Boh, the creative culinary side-project brought to life by Executive Chef Matthew Tine, and the results so far have been pretty magical. Polly Manager, Dave Whitehead is pretty excited about the collab, ‘we’re pretty excited to be working side by side with an experienced restaurant team, the combination of an established cocktail bar and a restaurant is actually quite rare and we feel that this really could be a niche that the people in Melbourne are looking for.’ He went on to say, ‘there are quite a few venues already that play in the space of food and cocktail pairings, but the bar is normally created to complement the restaurant offering, in this instance, the Polly / Chee-Boh concept is really more like two strangers, coming together with great ideas.’ Chee-Boh (Cibo – Italian word for food), has already hit the ground running with a fresh, balanced and affordable menu, which was designed to perfectly complement the impressive cocktail menu, and premium …