A little bit country, a little bit rock'n'roll and all kinds of delicious
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Take a tour of America without leaving your perch at Shady Pines: the bar where all your American craft beer fantasies don’t just come true, they have a bear wearing antlers on the can. You heard us. If Boont Amber Ale is a little too much crazy refreshment for you, consider the more quaffable Coopers Lager (also in a tin – we’re not sure why more people in Australia don’t do it – it keeps the beer colder, and no need to wash a glass). Or damn the beers and go for the cocktails. Shady Pines is equipped with what may well be the most prodigious taxidermy collection in any one bar in Australia. On top of their love of stuffed two-headed sparrows, long horned steer, moose heads and hulking vultures, they also possess an impressive bourbon and rye selection and love nothing better than hammering out the classics. If it’s a little festive, all the better. Go for a round of Mexicolas: tequila, two types of hot sauce, lime juice and Coke. It’s the Tijuana clap in a glass, in the most delightful way. There’s even a decent wine list, so while you’re doing a little scooting to Hank Williams and throwing back handfuls of complimentary peanuts, you might also get down with a little riesling. Oh sure, the queues still bend down Crown Lane, but the bouncers are always nice and you know once you’re in there you’re guaranteed some American-themed joy.