Heartbreaker is a hulking, black-painted pub on the corner of Lonsdale and Russell, with a glowing cherry-red neon sign showing through its slatted windows like a giant hearth.
Welcome to the bar of Michael Madrusan’s fantasies: both an alter ego and kindred spirit to The Everleigh, his fine cocktail establishment in Fitzroy.
If you’re drinking cocktails, there are four to choose from: Negroni, Martini, Old Fashioned and Manhattan; what Madrusan calls “the famous four”. Refusing to leave quality to chance, the cocktails are pre-batched at The Everleigh by Madrusan and partner Sebastian Reaburn (founder of 1806 bar). They are poured for you in about the time it takes to read this sentence.
There is a selection of unusual craft beers and ciders via Australia, the States, Denmark and New Zealand, plus a well-stocked back bar. Rare spirits and bottled cocktails are available to take home until 11pm. There’s a kitchen on-site, too.
This is a bar that’s sure of what it is down to every last detail: from the padded bar counter’s edge that invites you to linger and lean, to the warmly lit burgundy pool table in the back room, and the jukebox loaded with close to 100 rock albums from around 1968 to 1980.
Liquor to-go is available daily between 5pm and 11pm.