438 Church Street, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, 3121, Australia
Tel: +61 3 9428 0555
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Sun 5pm-1am
Door: Make reservation
Style: Lounge bar
Recommended for: Cocktails
Price guide: High-end
Food: Plates & dishes
Owned by: Matthew Bax
Images By: diffordsguide.com
A recipient of countless awards, a regular on the international best bars lists and a place of pilgrimage for many a drinks geek, this little speakeasy styled place is home to the most inventive cocktail cookery in Australia by some way.
Early in the week, in fact, Der Raum feels more like a shrine than a bar, with earnest seekers sat at the bar perusing menus so often stolen that they are chained to the counter, not dissimilar to candidates sitting an exam, below a menacing curtain of dangling bottles.
Witty, well-thought-out, intelligent drinks include the Jamaica Blackstrap, an eminently drinkable blend of pomegranate, ginger and spiced rum, served in a cough medicine bottle and a brown paper bag.
Der Raum’s take on Death in the Afternoon features a nose-cooling ice sphere with rosemary, a floating stain of olive oil, and rosemary-boosted absinthe. Tasting menus, priced from $70, are a great place to start your explorations, and on busy nights you’d be wise to take their advice and book.