A Scandinavian hideaway where Wednesday is the new Saturday and the beer is served in a brown paper bag
From its previous incarnation as a neon-lit dive bar, this Little Bourke Street venue has been given a new lease of life by Swede Thomas Kiltorp (ex-Red Hummingbird, Emerald Peacock). Catering largely to the nine-to-five crowd, Du Nord has already made a name for itself among the high heeled. Perhaps it’s the sexy Swedishness of the fitout – smooth blonde with a bit of rough-brick stubble and some really solid bar stools you can sit on with little risk of falling off. What to drink? Cocktails get a look in (no surprise given Kiltorp’s pedigree) and the ever-changing list is 12-strong, featuring a fair whack of the nation’s favourite tipple: vodka. A big list of Scandinavian cider and beer is impressive. Almost as impressive as the option to take a punt of the $6.50 brown-bagged ‘mystery beer’. Free chilli-salted popcorn will greet you on arrival, but look for more edible gems on the ‘svenska bitar’ (snack menu). Meatballs on mash doused with warm lingonberry sauce are Nordic as – especially when served on Ikea crockery. On Wednesdays the crew from Du Nord are on hand to help you celebrate hump day the Scando way. It’s called ‘Lill Lordag’ (little Saturday), and involves Swedish street food (think pickled herring and creamy dill-soaked prawns), '60s soul tunes and heavily discounted booze to keep you going until the weekend. Skål we say!