Eau De Vie Sydney

4.7
51 reviews
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Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Eau De Vie is a cocktail and whiskey bar set out in the 1920’s era, a place where conversations can be had with friends and chatting to the local bartenders as jazz plays in the bar.

Eau De Vie is an award-winning bar and has been recognised globally, the interior decor features lounges and tables throughout. The menu list of cocktails is extensive and categorised by flavours paying homage to old or dying crafts such as the Apothecarist and the Stonemason.

Located in Darlinghurst Sydney, Eau De Vie prides itself on variety and the bar is always stocked to the fullest. In addition, Eau De Vie provides a selective menu of food, for when you are feeling peckish while you sip on an internationally award winning cocktail or fine whiskey.
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1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely hidden little place. Great drinks and food with a fantastic atmosphere...the kind of place you wish not too many people find out about so you can keep it to yourself

ZW
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a amazing atmosphere, exactly what it claims to be. A 1920s inspired bar.
All the waiters/hosts where amazing friendly and knew what they where talking about.
It does get a bit loud but still enjoyable

OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue for an intimate meal. Can get noisy when full though.

CB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot to kick off the night, or just spend the whole night here... The cocktails are inventive and first class with the staff having excellent knowledge and service.

RB
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a meet up and a dram. Good atmosphere.

DV
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the theatre of this place. So much more than just having a drink.

MG
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Wonderfully trained staff and loved the cocktail theatre.

GS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

To drink cocktails at Eau de Vie is like being at a theatrical performance. The waiters greet you with enthusiasm and explain the menu of around 90 drinks. Depending on what you order, may may experience shownanship at your table.

CG
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I enjoy the fact that there are interesting cocktails, many whisk(e)ys, and a well informed staff. Being able to sit in the much quieter Whisky room has a special pleasure

S
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Excellent cocktails and service in a cool atmosphere. We went early for pre-dinner drinks, wasn't too busy or noisy. Sit at the bar and watch them make the cocktails in front of you! Very enjoyable, would recommend.

JN
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was such a great time at Eau de vie ! The drinks were spectacular, the vibe was great and the staff couldn't any more attentive!!! I love it!

DB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints!!! Excellent place the best cocktails

AH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joshua the Irish waiter was amazing! He gave great recommendations and made my birthday even better! Thank you!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is 100% one of the best cocktail bars we’ve been to anywhere in the world. Josh, was an absolutely top class waiter who new the ingredients of every drink and perfectly tailored our cocktails to our taste. Don’t lose him as he’s an exceptional employee who went above and beyond to ensure we had an excellent experience.

SB
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

TOOOOOOOOO noisy. Could not talk, what's the point?

OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were 13 minutes late to arrive for our booking and our space on the lounge had been given away.

Eau De Vie Sydney
Responded on December 12, 2018

Hello and thanks for the review. We always accomodate our bookings the best we can but there are some occasions where this may take a little extra time. I'm sorry to hear everything wasn't as you hoped and we'd love the chance to make things better. If you would like to respond with your booking details via PM we'd be happy to review the areas you felt were not up to scratch.

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MC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night out. Watching drinks get made is entertainment in itself. Staff friendly and knowledgeable about their products. Highly recommend! You

Eau De Vie Sydney
Responded on December 12, 2018

Thanks Melanie! Was a pleasure hosting you.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As usual the cocktails & atmosphere were fabulous. Very busy night but we were made welcome and received attentive service. We will happily return.

TW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Atmospheric bar scene with an impressive range of cocktails on offer. Some cocktails come with free 'entertainment' as the bar person pours cold liquid nitrogen on top of the cocktail! It is quite dark though and I prefer more light as I communicate using sign language, but that is a small issue that did not affect a terrific night out with friends.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome first date place. These guys should by stock in Tinder

LH
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

The main host was very condescending, rude, and had an air of being better than us. He made me really uncomfortable by speaking about our group needing to reach a minimum spend of $600 - even though when I booked on the phone I was advised that would apply only if we were in a private room or if there were 13 or more of us. The bar was empty all night and we spent around $500, yet he continually made me feel uncomfortable about the situation and told me he’d have to discuss it with the manager on Monday before he decided a course of action. I had planned this evening for my husband’s 40th, and it was completely ruined for me. It also made my friends feel very awkward. This man also made a rude joke about my friend’s Scottish accent and made him feel very embarrassed. All in all it was a pretty massive letdown and it’s left me feeling very disappointed.

B
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A charming little bar. Well worth a visit. Waiters were exceptional. Great cocktail selection

AC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Great cocktails. Fun night. Highly recommend.

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place. One of the best cocktail bars in Sydney. Attentive, smiley service which is not necessarily common in cocktail bars these days! The cocktail menu is huuuuuge and exciting.

WJ
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed the whisky and cheese flight at this place which is becoming our favourite hangout. Quiet and lovely on a weeknight, but a lot more noisy on Friday and Saturdays. Beautiful, soulful cocktails.

BD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Been to EDV a few times now. Great ambience. Fantastic whiskey selection, from regular to rare and expensive. Need to book though.

GS
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every single time my friends and I go to Eau de Vie we are amazed with the great attention, great service and great cocktails. The greatest part of the evening is the theatrical performances as some cocktails are enhanced with a shower of liquid nitrogen and flaming paper money right in front of you. Love this place.

MP
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Cool vibe, intimate setting. Staff seemed well versed with the offerings on the drinks menu. Pretty dark which is very cool but so dark that I couldn’t read the menu so relied heavily on the wait staff and I wasn’t disappointed.

JD
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We were squashed onto a small table with no leg room and in a thoroughfare. Cocktails were ok but the martini really watery. The staff were run off feet and so service was poor.

D
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent knowledgable staff. Big thank you to Josh on our table. We let him pick dri ks for us pending on our tastes and were bang on. Definitely going back to go through more items.

NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Fun, atmospheric and incredible drinks. Very knowledgable staff.

RB
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Sharp noisy atmosphere; Melbourne has a more relaxed vibe.

RJ
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Awesome cocktails, although we were told this wasn't really the place for groups of friends to hang out, rather a meeting place for more intimate dates.

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great cocktails and staff. Small location so make sure you make reservations. For some reason the reservation time they had didn’t match my open table time, so at first there was a lot of confusion and they looked like they weren’t going to honor the reservation. But they did and were very hospitable.

LB
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Service was great, but the tasting was very overpriced at $40 each for stale crackers a bit of cheese and figure it out for yourself whisky, when compared to the a tasting and distillery tour of Archie Rose in roseberry at $30 I do really wonder where the value comes from at Eau De Vie.

Do like the venue and cocktails which are always superb.

P
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

The drink menu was awesome, there were so many things to choose for drinks. But the place was a bit too small when my friend wanted to go to bathroom another friend need to lift a stool so she could go to the bathroom and quite very loud, to be honest very disappointed of the reputation of the place as I thought it would be much quieter as there was suggestion for a romantic place.

OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Attentive service. Excellent cocktails

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C
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 4

We went there for the $1 oysters, which were a bit of a let down because they didn’t taste very fresh but the drinks and ambiance were great. Would definitely go there for drinks again, not the oysters. The picking platter looked good though we were a little scarred from the oysters.

JF
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Eau De Vie. Always enjoy the service and cocktails.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, great vibe and amazing selection of drinks

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