EAT & DRINK
Bar Fly: Soiree
The Wentworth Hotel was a famous Sydney hotspot in the 60s, and the first five-star hotel in Sydney. So, it’s not surprising that their ground floor bar has Cocktails of the 60s as part of the list: Blue Hawaii, Mint Julep, Moscow Mule, Rob Roy, Sidecar, Tequila Sunrise, Blood and Sand, and my retro tipple of choice: the Vesper Martini ($18).
While the outward facelift hadn’t attracted my attention, the steampunk interior of this Pyrmont stalwart made me smile. From boilerplate bar, to repurposed materials like cracked leather stools and a railway signboard listing two dozen on-tap Aussie craft brews, it was hard to take it all in!
Bar Fly: Parke Davis
When my eyes hit the blackboard I knew I was in luck; filled with cocktails, my favourite test drink jumped out at me. The Parke Davis Sazerac was not only based on my preferred Cognac, but was innovative and exciting with the absinthe contained inside an ice sphere.
Food News – Chop Shop Carnivorium
Melinda Dimitriades has renamed and relocated her popular Redfern (Farmgate) butchery into an old butcher’s shop in Hurlstone Park, close to the area she grew up in. Keeping the traditional butcher’s awnings, Chop Shop Carnivorium has been warmly embraced by the locals, including a Greek lady who Melinda tells me has “been coming since the original (Greek) owners ran it thirty years ago.”