On Thursday April 29, one of Melbourne’s best-loved bars, The Everleigh, is rolling into town for a one-night stand. Ranked 78th in last year’s World’s 50 Best Bars (which includes an auxiliary 51-100 list), the influential Melbourne bar is the baby of the married duo also behind Bar Margaux and Heartbreaker. It’s appearance here in Sydney is thanks to the World Class Cocktail Festival that’s taking over the CBD and Surry Hills for five days.
Michael Madrusan is flying all the way up to man the pop-up in the mini precinct dubbed Little Melbourne in the plush surrounds of the Golden Age Cinema & Bar during the festival. In this art deco glamour spot, four Melbourne bars will take turns transforming the basement theatrette in the old screening room.
He and wife Zara have captured Melbourne’s drinking spirit and imagination in a way few people in the city can match. Daisies, fixes, fizzes, Old Fashioneds, sours and sazeracs are made to exacting standards at The Everleigh – and for his efforts during World Class Cocktail Festival, you can expect Madrusan to be employing plenty of premium Don Julio tequila. All juice is squeezed fresh, a stupid amount of effort goes into its ice made by the pair’s own ice company, and speed pourers are nowhere in sight.
It’s an attention to detail that only the best bartenders will appreciate, and is the baseline standard at The Everleigh. And even though it’s only coming to Sydney for a one-night residency, Madrusan is bringing exactly the same.
This article was produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Don Julio and World Class.