233 Lonsdale Street, Central Business District, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia
Tel: +61 3 9654 8680
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Wed 4pm-midnight, Thu 4pm-1am, Fri-Sat 2pm-1am
Door: Go early
Style: Lounge bar
Recommended for: Fun/atmosphere
Price guide: High-end
Food: Bar snacks
Images By: diffordsguide.com
Given Melbourne’s focus on cocktail buffery, it’s really nice to come across a bar that caters to the punter in the street – albeit a rather upscale street – and does so beautifully with minimal fancy pants activity and award-shopping.
So a big hand to Emerald Peacock, one from the folk behind The Red Hummingbird, for a well-chosen wine list, a short list of well-made, popular cocktails – though they make their Mai Tais right – some very edible meals and a beautifully decked out space.
The first floor bar area features gorgeous hues of silver and grey, walls decked out in retro drinks advertising, and seductive lounging areas scattered with cushions, with private booths available. The upstairs roof terrace, providing a streetscape more urban than scenic, has a rougher, rawer feel, with plywood boarding.
A gorgeous-looking space, Emerald Peacock is the sort of place you could take pretty much anyone, from your hipster neighbour to your auntie, and they’d get the point, have a great time and go home feeling really special. Which is, to be honest, what cocktail bars are actually about.