32 St Pauls Street, Randwick (0406) 191 322 facebook.com/thisisbatcountry1
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 served 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, but this whisky drinker lost the Chivas under the anise. So we moved on to wine – the only red not available by the glass: Enchanted Path, Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 ($120 bottle).