Saturday, 31 May 2008

The Bowery

Continuing on with the drinks theme from the last few posts, every now and again we all really need a cocktail or two (well at least I do). And when it comes to cocktails in Brisbane, look no further than The Bowery.

I'm the first to admit I haven't been to every bar in Brisbane, but for me, The Bowery has the best cocktails in this town. Sure, they aren't exactly cheap, but by the time you've had about 3 of them, you'll know it.

The cocktail list has been re-done just recently, but there are still plenty of favourites from the earlier lists. And we're not talking your everyday, boring, run of the mill cocktails here. Some of the drinks I've tried out here include the Zombie, Negroni, Pisco Punch, Gin Re Fashioned, Maryland Fair and the Corpse Reviver no 2. As the title suggests, you know you're having a drink the second a drop of the Corpse Reviver no 2 hits your mouth. A shaken cocktail of Plymouth Gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, absinthe and lemon juice served straight up, it really packs a punch. Drink a few of those and you'll be under the table before you know it.

The Bowery isn't all about cocktails. The bar has an amazing range of spirits that you just don't see at most places. Their selection of Scotch Whiskies, American Whiskies, Vodka, Rum, Gin, Tequila, Cognac etc can make it pretty hard to choose which drink will be next.

The other thing I love about The Bowery is the bar itself. It looks amazing. Sometimes it can take the guys a few minutes to whip up your cocktail, but while you are waiting admire the view of the bar and the way the staff whizz around, flipping things in the air, shaking and sipping the drinks with straws to make sure they're all on track.

The only downside to The Bowery is it can get packed. That's because it's not the biggest place in the world. Friday and Saturday nights are especially busy, and you might be lining up outside for a while if you're trying to get in after 11. If crowds aren't your thing, head there earlier in the evening during the week, when you should have no problems finding a comfy seat to relax and enjoy their amazing drinks.

One other thing I should mention is if you don't know where The Bowery is, it can be a bit hard to find. It doesn't exactly have a big sign. If you are walking up the Brunswick Street mall towards the New Farm end, turn left at the top of the mall into Ann Street and the door is just past the little laneway.

So round up your friends, order a few cocktails off the list and its happy days.

The Bowery
676 Ann St
Fortitude Valley 4006
P - 07 3252 0202
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1 comment:

faz said...

oh i love Bowery - i love this brandy one they do with sugar and lemon and they heat it up...its sooooooooooooooooo good. Love the atmosphere too!