Bars & Pubs

A Cocktail Degustation?! We’ll Drink To That!

By Iro Kotsimbos
27th Mar 2015

1806, an intimate cocktail bar on Exhibition Street in the CBD, has long been considered one of the best bars in Melbourne thanks to their epic list of award winning cocktails and impressive wines, beers, spirits and ciders. Watching the bartenders mix, shake and create the stellar drinks is like watching an artist paint, and shows you exactly why 1806 are the cream of the Melbourne cocktail crop.

Innovators in everything that they do—where else are you going to find a drinks list categorised by decade and with cocktails to match?!—1806 are turning things up a notch with their cocktail degustations. That’s right; a night of the finest cocktails in Melbourne, complemented by some moreish, tasty bites. Heck yes, Listers, we’ll drink to that!

Designed to mirror the pattern of a traditional meal, cocktail degustations are popping up at a variety of Melbourne’s best bars, however no one does it quite like 1806. Perhaps that’s a sign of how much we drink we love the art of cocktail making; however we came, we saw, and we left 1806’s cocktail degustation totally gob-smacked (and okay, maybe a little happier than when we arrived).

Listers, if you’re looking for a memorable night out in Melbourne, this is the ultimate. The cocktail degustation at 1806 starts with a palate cleansing drink of Aperol, Cape Mentelle sauvignon blanc semillon, Fever Tree soda water and rosewater, served alongside an incredible spread of bread and dips. A tip—make a beeline for the house made hommus…it’s TO DIE FOR.

Entrees are lighter, featuring seafood and usually gin as an accompaniment. In this case, 1806 will expertly blend Tanqueray gin with Lillet Blanc, Massenez Curacao, Lemon Juice and, the kicker, Absinthe to create a drink that will wow the socks off you and leave you in no doubt as to why 1806 are one of the Melbourne’s best bars. As for the matched dish? You’ll love the Tasmanian oak smoked salmon with gin crème fraiche and rye bread.

We know, we know, you’re probably already in cocktail heaven by now, wondering whether it can get any better. It does, Listers, with the rich, flavoursome combination of whisky, lemon, Angostura, pear and egg white takes pride of place during mains, alongside the farmhouse terrine and harissa mayonnaise.

In true 1806 style, the theatre continues right through to dessert with a literally blazing cocktail of Plantation Barbados Rum, chocolate liqueur, grenadine and bitters arriving at your table. The most decadent ice cream sundae we’ve ever tried— vanilla ice cream, cherries, cashews, fresh pomegranate, grenadine and dark chocolate—is its perfect partner, not to mention the ultimate finishing touch to this stellar cocktail degustation.

Available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 7:00pm—10:00pm, the cocktail degustation at 1806 is one of those ‘bucket list’ experiences that everyone who calls themselves a Melburnian needs to try—in fact, forget what you're doing and book online now. A night of Melbourne’s best cocktails and delicious foodie eats? We’ll most certainly drink to that!

TUL Note: This article is proudly sponsored by 1806 and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

Image Credit: Sabine Legrand for The Urban List

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