Medium sized bar specialising in cocktails - the name 1806, you see, refers to the year that the word cocktail was first defined in print. The cocktail list is a timeline that includes at least one drink from every decade of the last two centuries, plus a few more. The venue also houses a collection of vintage barware, shakers and cocktail books. The venue has an informal ground floor bar, with a slightly formal mezzanine, table service only.
Don't stumble in here and order a cocksucking cowboy at 3am - well you probably could, since the mixologists are so accommodating - but we recommend you make the most of 1806 by referring to the inhouse 'bible' of concoctions. The book is so comprehensive and peppered with historical cocktail facts, that we almost wanted to take one home and curl up with it.
Of course staff can cater a cocktail to your tastes or create a bespoke drink; or you can indulge your senses in the extensive wine and beer selection on offer.
1806 is all about opulence, with chandeliers hanging over a red-velvet-draped bar, lighting up countless bottles of liquor ready to be made into something delectable.
Chesterfields and stools comprise most of the ground floor seating. There is also a room downstairs that opens on weekends, and an upstairs floor overlooking the bar which has the feel of good seats at the opera.
This is a good spot to impress a date.
1806 (The Understudy) / Link to this page: https://www.partystar.com.au/venue/3008/
2/430 Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
1300 535 010