Boasting a long list of accolades, Der Raum is a hip Melbourne bar with a reputation for mixing innovative drinks and molecular cocktails. With bottles and glassware hanging from the ceiling, this science lab come bar only uses premium spirits and has a black list of ingredient list that includes commercial cordials, syrups and anything with cream.
For the non Germanic, Der Raum means ‘the room’, and the room in question also serves German beers, steins and pilsners on tap. But it’s the killer cocktails inspired by classics that brings people to this intimate bar.
There’s the Der Raum classic such as Pharmacy served in a pill bottle with a liquor-filled syringe and a citrus pill. The Jamaican Black Strap is served in a medicine bottle wrapped in brown paper. You can always try the Drink of the Week, or pick from the seasonal menu. If you’re feeling indecisive, go for the Dégustation Menu with 5 or 8 innovative cocktail courses that set the palate and imagination ablaze.
And when you choose your favourite libation, keep an eye out for lab equipment such as beakers, Bunsen burners and smoke machines. It’s all part of the fun of ordering a drink.
A science lab never looked this good.
UPDATE – Der Raum has now become a members-only bar with an annual fee.
438 Church Street
Melbourne VIC 3121