Leave the city for two years and dingy Lonsdale Street seems to have been refurbed into the street where people go out to the hip new places.
In true Melbourne style, the door to The Emerald Peacock was unmarked. However, the entrance was still noticeable from the street due to the ornate fireplace and eye-catching peacock mural covering the ground floor (even the fire hose was painted!). Upstairs the opulence expanded to drop-crystal chandeliers, leather benches, embroidered satin cushions and flocked wallpaper with a peacock motif. I liked that the fitout managed to keep the atmosphere intimate in a large space by utilising dim lighting and segmented semi-private seating areas.
The bar is reknowned for their cocktails so naturally if I was going to try one it would have to be their signature – The Emerald Peacock, a ‘bold blend of muddled watermelon, apple and lime juice shaken with Pisco and Liquer 43. Poised, elegant and graceful, just like it’s namesake’ ($15.50). It was poured prettily into a tall glass and was refreshingly delicious – highly recommended.