Bar Americano


  • Speakeasy
  • Wine
4.6 / 5 3 / 5

May 11, 2018

An ultra cool drinking den hidden in the heart of Melbourne, Americano Bar blends vintage European elegance with the best of modern cocktail craftsmanship.

At the terminus of a series of twists and turns on the backstreets of Melbourne’s central business district, you’ll find yourself at Bar Americano, and if cocktails happen to be one of your passions, you’ll be positively thrilled that you did. Modeled after the sophisticated Jazz Age drinking dens of Europe, which in turn were inspired by Prohibition-era speakeasies in America, Bar Americano mixes both together to come up with something truly special. An intimate and very vintage space licensed to serve only ten people at a time, the cocktails are of the classic variety (think negronis, blood and sands, and vieux carres), with an ever-glancing eye to Continental aperitifs and digestifs.

Classic may be a bit of an understatement actually, as the majority of cocktails served at Bar Americano are taken directly from the legendary encyclopedic book Recipes For Mixed Drinks by Hugo Ensslin, which was first published in 1916. The staff, led by an internationally-acclaimed bartender, is adept at crafting the sippable standards found within its pages with the utmost of precision, in addition to both modern and custom mixes as well. Make note: if you are lucky enough to be one of the ten imbibing at Bar Americano, photography is strictly prohibited. The bar is bound to make such an impression on you though, that the memories alone will be more than enough. Photo credit –