As a local, the Bar Bloke was keen. He had already done a daytime reconnaissance. “Perfectly cooked egg, crisp bacon, milk roll and good relish.” So, we moseyed along the same evening, for food and booze, when medium-rare steak was closer to medium. Absinthe fancier Hunter S. Thompson may have chosen the same cocktail as me. This bar is, after all, an ode to him, with references – like the ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ quote “We can’t stop here, this is bat country!” – throughout. The playlist features Thomson inspired 60s and 70s tunes too. Morning Glory Fizz ($17) is served tall. Perhaps Thompson would have appreciated it more; this whisky drinker lost the Chivas under anise. So we moved on to wine, to the only red not available by the glass: Enchanted Path, Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 McLaren Vale ($120 bottle).
From my Bar Fly newspaper column for the Alternative Media Group.
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