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
It’s a Parisian wine bar, but not as you know it. This little laneway bar has been keeping Sydney wined up for a good few years now and while they lost chef Lauren Murdoch to neighbouring bar and restaurant Felix (who, in turn lost her to the call of the wild - she’s taking six months off to travel), they gained Omerta's Alfie Spina. This was all almost two years back now, and the place has settled into a groove of its own. The wine list, still overseen by Merivale’s group sommelier Franck Moreau, now has a highlights section. That means on any given day, ‘Franck’s latest discoveries’ might be a warm, soft County Line pinot noir from the Sonoma Coast, or maybe a buttery soave from Veneto. ‘Course, the regular wine list is still on offer with a big emphasis on interesting stuff by the glass. And if you go for a sherry, they’ll served it with complimentary tapas. We stupidly didn’t, so we’re relying on you to go and do it and report back. By the bottle, hit the 2009 Puffeney Arbois ‘Sacha’ chardonnay/savagnin from the Jura and order a mixed plate of green olives, hunks of bitey, creamy reggiano parmesan and silky fronds of prosciutto. Or maybe double down with an empanada, filled with spiced beef mince and bejewelled with dark little raisins. It’s not cheap here, and service is shaky at times, but it’s a fantastic opportunity to try the wines of one of Sydney’s best sommeliers in a casual laneway location.