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In the true essence of a heartbreaker, expect to fall in love at first sight with this bad boy.

A moody, LA-inspired drinking den in the centre of the city, Heartbreaker is a quiet achiever doing extraordinary things, promising a good soundtrack, great atmosphere and even better drinks.

It’s the product of Michael Madrusan, who has more years experience in the hospitality industry than some of his visitors have had in their lifetime. He’s tended bars for two decades in Australia, London and New York and has worked in some of the best bars around the world, including Little Branch and Please Don’t Tell. In Melbourne he’s best known for Fitzroy cocktail bar, The Everleigh, which is consistently lauded as one of the best bars in the city.

However, the Fitzroy bar has started to share its accolades with its younger sibling as city dwellers wake up to its appeal. At Heartbreaker, Michael sticks to the same refinement you’ve come to expect – using just four ingredients or less, the drinks are always sharp and pure. Even the ice is considered; the bar team uses Navy Strength Ice, Australia’s only boutique hand-cut ice company, which delivers a 150kg block of ice to the team. Bartenders then cut it down to the desired size, meaning it fits perfectly in your drink. It’s these types of personal touches that keep guests coming back.

Once you step o the corner curb and into Heartbreaker’s welcoming arms, expect to find a bigger-than-it-appears space with pool tables, wood panelling, jukeboxes, black vinyl and red neon lights. The soundtrack consists of your favourite tunes from legends like Fleetwood Mac and Led Zeppelin, and with lighting that just reveals faces, it’s the perfect environment to get those dancing shoes on.

Best of all, there’s no waiting for a cocktail. Pre-batched cocktails come courtesy of Michael’s side company – The Everleigh Bottling Co. Made with the same ethos that pervades both Heartbreaker and The Everleigh, the premium cocktails include a Manhattan, a classic Martini, Old Fashioned and Negroni. There’s also a vast selection of whisky and tequila, ready to be consumed and regretted the next morning.

If you’re more of a beer drinker, the rotating list of craft beer is listed on a board opposite the bar – order one of eight on tap or turn to the range of bottles, both local and imported.

It is ‘rumoured’ that a new food offering will soon be in place – think along the lines of American-style pizza by the slice.

With lashings of sass and glamour, Heartbreaker is busy, dark, loud, late and most importantly, lots of fun. Just as it promises, expect to have your heart broken – but only when the lights come up at 3am.

Locate Heartbreaker

234 Russell St


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