May 11, 2018
Black Pearl, as its name suggests, is a rare gem in the Fitzroy bar scene. It’s hip yet not aggressively so and you’re unlikely ever to feel out of place simply for wearing the ‘wrong’ shirt or shoes. It’s not a place for posing, rather a haven for those who care about their drinks, who appreciate a superior cocktail and enjoy the attentions of a talented and knowledgeable bar tender. At Black Pearl you get all of this. The décor is understated, with lots of comfy couches, recycled furniture and a lived-in, welcoming vibe. The crowd is mostly composed of young and not so young professionals, enjoying their drinks and feeling at one with the world. There’s something of an abrupt mood shift on Friday and Saturdays when the music is cranked up and the place really starts buzzing.
What their peers say
“Owner Tash Conte has one of the best bar staffs in Australia. The bar features wildly creative house cocktails, an excellent list of local craft beers and bar food you could make a meal out of if you had to: and you might.” Jim Meehan of PDT, New York