350 Darling Street, Balmain (02) 9810 0886 facebook.com/cantinabarbalmain
The vibrant Mexican Day of the Dead decorations beckon from outside on Darling Street by day, but it’s by night when the colourful Cantina Bar really comes alive. You know our modus operandi: we usually like to pull up a stool at the bar, but at this gig, the rest of the room rocks with intimate high timber tables and stools, so take your premium place anywhere. Booze like Cantina Sangria ($35/500ml, $50/litre) – not your traditional Sangria (built with Cointreau, Espolón Blanco Tequila, Tanqueray Gin, fresh fruit, elderflower syrup, fruit juice and ginger beer) will transport you. Or go elsewhere in the Americas, with the refreshing cinnamon twist of house-infused vodka and Crème de Cacao in an Apple Pie Martini ($18). George Dickel Tennessee Whisky is infused in-house with banana peel for the Cantina version of the classic Old Fashioned ($18).