Eau de Vie, meaning ‘water of life’ is a pretty amazing cocktail bar, if we do say so ourselves. The Darlinghurst bar has won countless awards, since its opening in 2010, and has well and truly cemented its spot as one of the hottest cocktail bars in Sydney, if not the world. And, for good reason.
This is a bar, you need to know about. It’s located inside the Kirketon Hotel. If you didn’t know better, you may never realise the oasis waiting for you inside. And, poor you, if that is the case. But, fear not. Consider yourself now in the know (if you are not already). You can thank us later.
Walk through the hotel entrance, past the restaurant on your right hand side, and towards the unmarked black glass doors. Walk down the corridor, past the bathrooms and enter Eau de Vie.
This is a sophisticated speakeasy, full of class, with a 1930’s feel. Think dark lighting, ornate lamps and plush couches. Jazz music is playing, and the bartenders look slick in their bracers and bow-ties, with their gelled hair.
The cocktail menu reads like a novel, with entertaining descriptions and caricatures of the creators of their signature concoctions. The barmen take their drinks very seriously here. You get the feeling they view cocktail making as an art form. It’s a well oiled machine and everything works seamlessly.
To compliment their cocktail menu, a food menu is offered, comprising canapes, dishes designed to share, cheese boards and the like.
This is a bar you will find yourself returning to time, and time again. This is what life is all about. This place really is the ‘water of life’. At least for us.
Oh, and if you like Eau de Vie, you should also check out their sister venue, The Roosevelt Bar & Diner.
In a nutshell:
Price: $$ Expect to pay for drinks of this calibre.
Fare: Award winning cocktails.
Service: Warm and friendly – the bartenders are more than happy to assist you with your choices.
Location: Hidden away in the Kirketon Hotel.
Ambience: Trendy, 1930s old world jazz vibe.
Address: 229 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
Phone: +61 422 263 226
Hours: Mon – Sat – 6pm – 1am, Sun – 6pm – midnight
Website: Eau de Vie