Author(s): Michael Madrusan; Zara Young
What'll it be? Something light and refreshing, or big and boozy? Join the internationally acclaimed team from The Everleigh for an evening of good drinking, festive hosting and classic style. From an aperitif at sundown, a nightcap in the early hours, right through to a hair of the dog the morning after, we invite you on a wild and romantic journey in celebration of the golden era of drinking and entertaining.
The Everleigh, Australia's best cocktail bar, is about mystery and awe that builds anticipation and excitement about the evening ahead and then, ultimately, lives up to that expectation, every time. Michael founded the bar with the late Sasha Petraske, the man responsible for opening Milk & Honey in New York and thus forever changing the way bartenders throughout the world made drinks. The bar was designed to deliver detail-oriented, attentive service to focus on your experience, and their skill lies in making it a great one. From this it is easy to understand why The Everleigh is more than just a bar - it is an experience - and A Spot at the Bar: Welcome to The Everleigh is an invitation into their inner sanctum.
With more than three hundred recipes for fond and forgotten classic cocktails, including our favourite variations, A Spot At The Bar will transport you back to the golden era of elegant drinking. Tips and tricks for hosting the perfect soiree, what to pour into your punchbowl and how to dress with savvy style, round out a cocktail book like no other.
So, what are you waiting for? Time to find a spot at the bar...
Michael Madrusan is the founder of The Everleigh and The Elk Room, a goldenera cocktail bar overlooking Melbourne's Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. The Everleigh, which opened on 4th July 2011, was named Bar of the Year by Gourmet Traveller in 2013, Time Out's Cocktail Bar of the Year 2014, Bar of the Year 2015 and Cocktail Bar of the Year 2016. The Everleigh has also placed in the highly coveted Drinks International's World's 50 Best Bars list 2013, 2014 and 2015. Michael spent many years bartending in London and New York before returning home to Australia to open the country's first and only outpost of the Milk & Honey family. He has worked in some of the most revered bars in the world, including New York's Milk & Honey, Little Branch and PDT. Zara left London in 2013 and began working with Michael on the growth and development of The Everleigh family. Zara completed her Masters in Theatre & Performance Studies at King's College London, specialising in immersive events and the relationship between hospitality and the arts industry. Before leaving London Zara worked as host and events manager for the Experimental Cocktail Club group, as well as in production and marketing for popular immersive theatre/film company, Future Cinema. In January 2015, The Everleigh launched Navy Strength Ice Co., Australia's first hand-cut ice company, supplying Melbourne's bars and restaurants with crystal clear spears and blocks. In May 2015 The Everleigh Bottling Co. was introduced, offering beautifully packaged ready-to-drink classic cocktails to stores, hotels, restaurants and bars across Australia. In August 2015, Michael opened his second venue, Heartbreaker, in Melbourne's CBD. Inspired by the classic, much-loved bars of Los Angeles, this good-time bar pumps out classic rock and great booze until the early hours. Michael was included in The Age's Top 100 Most Influential People of 2012 and nominated for International Bartender of the Year at Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans 2012.