“Hardly stir it to enjoy the smoke” my namesake confided from the other side of the bar with a wink. Although the only real mirror was behind the upstairs back bar, fellow red-head Rebecca and I discovered we have a lot in common. We don’t get hangovers! Hello. And we both have a preference for a smoky Scotch. Then there’s the Rob Roy. Snap. So as I’m sometimes apt to do, I handed my trust over the bar, and she delivered. Bobby Burns: Ardbeg or Talisker, sweet vermouth and Benedictine. Winner. From the list, try a Mid-West Sour ($16) or Madagascar Manhattan ($17). Make sure to mop them up with Duck Sausage Rolls or Devilled Eggs. Sorry guys: with all girl band She Rex playing live it was our night – it was a feminine Full Moon, after all.
This review of Upstairs at The Bank was also published by the Alternative Media Group of Australia in my BAR FLY newspaper column.
Upstairs at The Bank
324 King Street, Newtown NSW Australia
+61 2 8568 1900