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Hit the Corner House for friendly chat and good time drinkin'
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There’s something very civilised about the Corner House. The upstairs bar is a mix of Chesterfield banquettes, ambient lighting and informed bartenders who don’t mind a chat – offering insightful information on the history of a drink or cocktail suggestions when you’re not exactly sure what you want. The Tommy Gun is a mix of Milagro tequila, lime, agave syrup with capsicum and cardamom, and it’s tasty. The name’s a mouthful but if you want to feel like you’re in London on a summer’s day opt for the This Drink Is a Riot in London, with Tanqueray gin, St Germain elderflower liqueur, Campari, apple and cucumber. Feeling lucky? Order the Secret Cocktail, which changes weekly and is, as the name suggests, a secret. In stark contrast they have a large collection of rums including the aged-12-years Angostura 1824. To complement the food in the restaurant below the wine list includes lots of Italian, with many around the $40-$50 range, and has been divided into categories like "reds to impress" and "crowd pleasers" for quick decision-making. For bar snacks, lock in the house-made spicy and salty nuts, or for something a little more substantial order a thin-crust pizza made in the downstairs wood-fired oven. Our suggestion would be the 2 Olive Trees and a Pig, with spicy salami, provolone, kalamata olives and chilli oil.