If you go through the nondescript glass door right next to the Belle’s Hot Chicken joint on Gertrude Street and make your way up the dark flight of stairs, you enter another world. You’re no longer having an ordinary Saturday night in Fitzroy: you are back in the 1930s – flickering candlelight, old-time jazz turned down low, charming little booths and waiters dressed vests and ties.The place makes you feel like wearing something more sophisticated. A floaty dress, high heels, a diamond bracelet. You could imagine that Duke Ellington coming in later to sit at the corner piano and sing a little something.
Soft gold light spreads from French, antique wall lamps. Crystal candle jars glimmer on the wooden steps lighting the way to the gleaming chrome and glass bar.
The waitress in a pretty floral dress swings by with our champagne. She offers a complementary bowl of savoury crackers, crunchy, salty, with a touch of chilli. A tall glass of amber liquor beckons from a nearby table.
Fitzroy has an endless number of pubs and bars. Some are cute, some funky, some disgustingly grungy.
I don’t know about you, but my partner Paris and I enjoy discovering arty, funky and classy places for a glass of sparkly on a Saturday night.
The Eveleigh http://www.theeverleigh.com/ is the best little bar in Gertrude Street and one of our favourites in Fitzroy. It’s is extremely elegant, yet cosy. The attentive, friendly service is relaxing. Perfect for a sophisticated evening out.