May 11, 2018
It has been rumored that the site of Jaabar was once the hideout of Dr Sun Yat Sen, the founder of China’s Republican movement over 100 years ago. While there is little in the way of revolutionary activity going on here these days, you will get the feeling of being in on a clandestine secret. This place has character. Hard to find, just off Peel Street, its a cosy, clubby little place, dripping with art and stylish curios, but without the snooty air of a private member’s club. The sociable vibe that fills the room (it’s not much more than 400 square feet) is testament to the trio that run the place (it’s their initials that make up the bar’s name) and the small groups of friends or tête-à-têtes that take up temporary residence among the soft furnishings. Aside from the chandeliers, rouge lampshades, velvet curtains, rugs and quirky wooden bar, complete with multiple desk drawers, some of what is on display is available for sale. However most will be content to confine their purchases to the cocktail list. The Jaa is the signature drink, a sparkling blend of Prosecco, vodka, raspberry liqueur and fresh berries while other notables on the short menu include the dubiously named Obama, a blend of vodka, blackberry liqueur, blackberries and fresh mint.