If he had been there on the night, I would have eloped with Mr Tipply on the spot. Just from his cocktail menu, I can tell he is my kind of man.
Sitting on an all but empty balcony looking down over The Spot on a Friday night, I’m wondering if the street level punters are missing the point.
‘Cheap and Cheerful in the Central CBD’, or as otherwise subtitled: ‘Thank God For a Rainy Day’. It was pissing down actually; otherwise we wouldn’t have stumbled up the stairs looking for respite.
Midnight Parisian isn’t on the cocktail list here every night. Golden Age’s tempting take on a French 75 - Tanqueray, Solerno blood orange liqueur, lemon juice, and Champagne - was the cameo cocktail for movie Midnight in Paris.
The top floor bar at the new Coogee Pavilion won’t open until December but we’ve already had a taste of things to come with the ground floor restaurant opening late last month.
Think Bacardi. Think post war. Think Hawaiian shirts. Think cane lampshades, a boat behind the bar, pineapple, coconut and paper straws.
Poet Banjo Patterson described the 19th century larrikin Rocks Push gang as ‘wiry, hard-faced little fellows’. Jump a hundred years and The Push was still rebellious but with a left wing group who met over a meal and a beer.
A 75ml pour in a $15 cocktail is generous. Perhaps this makes the Cubby House cocktails the best value in the area.
Word on the street (and in our Facebook streams) is that Mordeo is the new Sydney CBD hot spot. I concur.
Downstairs locals are still huddled drinking schooners. Upstairs the elegant transformation of the Kurrajong Hotel brings contemporary pub dining to the mix.