May 11, 2018
This place is all kinds of awesome. For one thing, it’s tiny, seriously tiny, a dolls’ house of a space, and yet it makes its limitations work in its favour. Big on personality, this place. It may be a cliché but it’s very much the case here. The dinky room is hidden above Cabrito Coffee Traders Two massive rolls of butcher’s paper list the fresh, fruity drinks available each day the selection changes often, and once they sell a certain amount of drinks, they’re gone for good. Fruit is piled high behind the bar apples, berries, lemons, limes, whatever’s ripe and seasonal all ready to be smooshed, pulped, squeezed and juiced as necessary. Blender drinks are a bit of a thing here. Brought to you by Ivy guys Tim Philips and Matt Linklater and former Black Pearls Adi Ruiz and Robb Sloan, thisa bar that doesn’t pander to trends, one which marks its own path a path involving mango daiquiris. There’s an apricot and tequila number called the Toreador and they do some lovely things with strawberries and port. Flavours are bright, summery and zingy. The room is pretty minimal and rough-edged, all raw concrete, bare filament bulbs, chipped tile and flaking paint, the butcher paper torn at the edges, but there’s nothing rough about these drinks. They don’t take reservations so we suggest you rock up early to avoid disappointment.