Black-tea ice cubes, sultana swizzle sticks, honeycomb, vodka, gin, rye and more all shaken and stirred and muddled and served for your pleasure - meet the drinks (and their makers) you'll find at the year's biggest cocktail carnival
The Bank Hotel is one of the more upmarket late-night haunts on King Street. The interior is a sleek combination of marble, dark wood and lofty ceilings and this, combined its proximity to Newtown Station, makes it a popular spot for after-work drinks. It’s a spacious hotel with multiple bars to choose from. The public bar has an good range of domestic, boutique and imported beers on tap and Thai style fried bar snacks for a quick bite, but if you’re settling in for a few hours then head out the back for cocktails on the terrace. A jug of Pims and lemonade will set you back $16 and is the perfect afternoon companion – not too sweet, not too strong, with a refreshing bite from the ginger ale. To help kick off the weekend in fine form there are $6 Money Shots, or a Cuban martini that boasts amaretto, malibu, kahlua and vanilla vodka – hello sugar rush! Downstairs you’ll find the Garden bar as well as Sumalee Thai - not the cheapest Thai food to be had in Newtown but, served in a lovely open-air courtyard, it is some of the most picturesque. The Bank Hotel is a good spot to start your night and with a 24-hour licence, it’s not a bad place to end it either.