Make a call to Grandma's for tiki drinks and fun times
Here is a little known piece of information that might just change your life: Saturday nights in the CBD are dead. So if you’ve been avoiding little bars like this one, worried you won’t get in or have to (gasp) queue, worry no longer. Just make sure you make your way in before 9pm when things get lively. Somewhere between a tiki bar and a ’60s-style lounge room, Grandma’s bounces whether it’s full or empty. Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are over the speakers dinging out on the xylophone, while bartender Dean Simpson is whipping up Piña Coladas. Just when you thought life couldn’t get better than a cocktail with an umbrella in it, there’s Grandma’s riff on the Lagerita called the Magnum PI. It’s a whole lot of tequila with watermelon/lime juices and barbecue bitters, all topped up with a beer. This beautiful monstrosity is served in a giant tiki mug shaped like Tom Selleck’s head. It’s meant to serve two, but you could always order one for yourself with a toastie on the side, to soak up all that Selleck. There again, if you’re wearing your Captain Sensible pants, you might go for something long and refreshing like the Ting of Beauty – rum, Aperol, lime juice and grapefruit soda. They describe it on the menu as ‘the Paloma’s hotter younger sister’. She’s a beauty either way. And hey – we don’t play favourites.