MELBOURNE | One Or Two is a recently opened Chinatown laneway bar from ex-Above Board, Byrdi, and The Everleigh bartender, Andy Chu. It’s a small, narrow space, in a heritage-listed building dating back to 1895. The design is clean and minimal, drawing inspiration from the Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi. That is, appreciating the transience and the impermanence of nature.
The focus at One Or Two is on innovative cocktails, and whiskies that you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere in town, if at all. The whisky list features mostly single malt drops from Scotland, while the cocktail list features considered creations that draw on Andy’s experience and study of classic cocktails.
On any given day you can expect to find three unique creations, three classics, and three guest cocktails from some of the world’s best bars.
The Yin Yang Milk Punch, for example, is an ode to one of Andy’s favourite drinks growing up in Hong Kong, and Hong Kong cafe Heyday next door. It’s a wonderful blend of Plantation Dark Rum, Marionette Nocino, Mr Black, coffee, and tea, clarified and mixed.
There’s a small selection of snacks on offer, and both the drinks and snacks menu rotates regularly. Classic cocktails are available on request, and there’s also a few local wines and beers, plus rare sake and sochu, on offer.
One Or Two
18 Celestial Avenue
Tue – Sat: 4:00pm to 12:00am