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WHAT’LL you have? It’s the first question Michael Madrusan asks drinkers propped up at the bar at The Everleigh, his “golden era” cocktail lounge bar in Fitzroy ... and it’s such a loaded one.
“Your answer has to do with how you’re feeling, what sort of day you’ve had,” Madrusan says.
At ‘ The Ev’, upstairs at 150 Gertrude St, this bartender divines those needs through negotiation. “We don’t know what you want. You do. Our job is to help you get there,” he says.
A Spot At The Bar is the next best thing to being at The Everleigh – a guide to “the art of good drinking in 300 recipes”.
Madrusan and business partner, Zara Young, have distilled their considerable knowledge into one handsomely illustrated volume that will have you reaching for the martini glass, the cocktail shaker and the best stuffed olives around. Aperitifs, savoury drinks, nightcaps, hangover cures – it’s all here. But A Spot At The Bar is much more than just a manual.
“This book takes you behind the bar and lifts the lid on everything to do with our thinking,” Young says.
The Everleigh opened in July 2011. Madrusan wanted a place full of mystery and awe where you could find the perfect drink and, if awards are any indication, he and Young have succeeded. But in writing the book, they were reminded how sweet and sour the experience has been.
“There have definitely been some hard times,” he admits. “We’ve almost had the closed sign on the door a couple of times.”
A Spot At The Bar is a vote of confidence in the future. Madrusan already has two more books in mind.
“Yeah, we want to be part of everyone’s world,” he says. “When you wake up on Sunday morning, thinking ‘Let’s have some friends over for drinks,’ think of us!” A Spot At The Bar