May 11, 2018
This popular Linda Derschang pub, with its burlap-lined walls, cosy wooden booths, and elaborate taxidermy (all of it in some way salvaged or recycled) and garage-style doors, has been around for five years now and has undergone some changes of late. Smith’s new bar manager Marley Tomic-Beard has introduced some exciting new drinks. Alongside classic cocktails they also serve new creations like the Retired Gun which pairs rye with Punt e Mes and is served over a hand-carved ice cube. The Whistle Command is a complex, layered mix of tequila, lime, aperol and ginger syrup, while the Archer’s Paradox blends aged rum with honey and whisky barrel bitters. The Memory Bird a mix of gin, pamplemousse and fizz sounds particularly appealing. There are the now obligatory cocktails on tap, with Chardonnay on tap too, and an ambitious beer programme. Craft beer has always been central to Derschang’s venues and this place is no different with a large range of ales from Europe with particular focus on Belgium and the UK – and the Americas. Food-wise, we’re talking serious comfort food, upscale pup grub like pickle-brined chicken, poutine, crab fritters, Cuban-style pork sandwiches, and an incredibly decadent mac & cheese. Communal tables and dubious acoustics mean it can get rammed and very noisy, but that’s just a mark of its popularity.