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Emerald Peacock

Address:
233 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD 3000
Opening hours:
Daily 4pm-late
http://www.theemeraldpeacock.com

The Emerald Peacock is the latest addition to Melbourne's rooftop bar scene. Launched by the team responsible for the award-winning Red Hummingbird, it continues their obsession with all things bird and cocktail related. Make your way up the stairwell and you'll quickly discover the peacock motif isn't just a marketing exercise - it forms the basis of the interior design. A large Peacock mural greats you near the entrance and the main lounge features elaborate peacock-themed wallpaper. This is all complimented with plush ottomans (in blue velvet, no less), ornate poufs, private booths and lounge chairs that will swallow you whole. It's showy and knows it - just like the bird it derives its name from. While the lounge area invokes decadent, old-world charm, the rooftop bar is where you'll be spending the early portion of your afternoon. Overlooking Lonsdale Street, it's less formal than downstairs, featuring plenty of untreated wood benches, cosy lounges and a relaxed vibe. Naturally, there's a whole separate bar upstairs and the staff are happy to pour you imported beers - or construct some seriously impressive cocktails. Combing classics with their own in-house specialities, the cocktail menu is as expansive as you could hope for. The Hemmingway Daiquiri is one of the best in town and the quality in the rest of the list follows suit. With friendly bar staff and a casually fashionable Melbourne crowd, Emerald Peacock is definitely worth a visit.