It might be a relatively new arrival on the Melbourne drinking and dining scene, but Gimlet has a distinctly timeless feel, borrowing from various influences to create a space that’s both evocative yet casual. Starting with the exterior, Gimlet is set on the ground floor of the 1920s-era Cavendish House, with its Chicago-style architecture. Within, the influences begin to vary, with something of a Parisian bistro feel, but with no small amount of New York thrown in. There are comfortable booths and an abundance of space at the bar counter. The food menu covers everything from sizeable steaks cooked over coals, to caviar. On the cocktail front, the eponymous Gimlet is essential, made with Tanqueray Gin, Moscato, a triple citrus cordial and geraldton wax. Beyond that there’s something for everyone, from house drinks to classics, with a separate Sazerac section, and much more.
33 Russell St, East End, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000