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
Sugarmill plays an important role in the Cross. It's the pub for when you’re in the area but aren’t quite in a nightclub head space, nor angling for seedy strip club action. Located in a former bank, the venue has gorgeously high ceilings, as well as outdoor seating, a rarity in this part of town. Their all-day $10 steak is a winner, as is their late-night menu. Popular with the backpackers, it has friendly staff handling the sometimes-rowdy crowd with considerably good grace. And wouldn’t you, if your uniform was a cute-as-a-button shorts and suspenders? While you wouldn’t exactly go there for a cocktail, they do have a decent list of classics and the pitchers are good value for money at $19 a pop. Our fave is the Asian Cooler – lychees, mint, citrus, gin, lychee liqueur and lemonade – perfect for kicking back on a sunny afternoon and watching the real-life underbelly. A little birdie tells us that they’ve got the go-ahead for a roof-top bar, so expect good things by summer 2012.