111 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Highly recommended

Enjoy some of Melbourne’s best cocktails at this award-winning, underground French bar and brasserie

We’ve whiled away many evenings at Bar Margaux; it’s an instant escape from the outside world.

Their cocktails are expertly concocted. Michael Madruson, the owner, honed his craft at Milk & Honey, a well-renowned cocktail bar in New York City.

The same team is also behind local favourites The Everleigh and Heartbreaker; one a prohibition-style cocktail bar, and the other is a grungy rock ‘n’ roll bar.

Bar Margaux offers the classics; manhattans and martinis – which you can also order in the ever-adorable ‘snack-size.’ But you’ll also find their own creations on the menu.

Inspired by the French bistros of New York, you’ll find a food menu with escargot (snails smothered in butter,) duck frites and a giant two-patty burger (The MGX Burger.)

You’ll find Margaux on Lonsdale Street at the bottom of a staircase; look for their neon sign that simply reads ‘MGX.’

The opening hours are long, and the outside world effortlessly fades away as soon as you arrive.