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Richmond’s original inner-city ode to Americana is still going strong with a kick-ass happy hour and bathtub booze

Creole food, Cajun hot sauce and swampy tunes; this dimly lit New Orleans-inspired bourbon and gin-joint is a perfect fit those looking for a little Southern comfort. It’s also one of the few places to get cocktails on Bridge Road; definitely the only one where you can watch an old spaghetti western while you drink ’em. They’re big on the shake-and-stir classics here and fond of packing them with house-made liqueurs. Prop up the bar and get yourself a Kentucky Buck. It’s a strawberry-infused bourbon, bitters and ginger beer highball for the suited, booted and skirted. Between the happy hours of 4-7pm it can be had for a lean $10. Like your gin served in a miniature claw foot bathtub? They’ve got that, along with a shining example of the Buffalo wing. Fat chicken wings are crumbed, fried, then doused liberally in Frank’s Hot Sauce. On Sunday the messy little buggers are only $1 a pop from noon till 5pm, and if you match a half dozen with a $9 Bloody Mary that’s brunch sorted. Speaking of hot sauce, the Collection has its very own brand to splash on the rest of the Louisiana-leaning menu. Slosh the piquant chipotle number over hickory smoked pork ribs, gumbo, red beans and rice or plain ole mac‘n’cheese. Saddle up your appetite and swing by the Collection for the best times Bridge Road can throw your way.

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328 Bridge Rd, Richmond 3121

Telephone 03 9429 8333

Price per person including drinks $51 to $100

Open Tue-Sat 4pm-1am; Sun noon-1am

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