May 11, 2018
Hidden behind an unmarked wooden sliding door at the lower end of Foveaux Street in Surry Hills, you’ll find Button, from the people behind Stitch and Pocket. Inside, there’s a vaguely ship-like thing going on, with a pair of crossed muskets hanging behind the bar. The atmospheric dark, wood-panelled room is candlelit and inviting: the walls are lined with leather booths and there’s a large communal table in the middle of the room. Hanging wooden baskets filled with fruit dangle above the bar. They stock a large array of spirits including an abundance of scotch, bourbon and rye as well as home spiced rum and sherry. Cocktails include the Box of Rain, a blend of white rum and coconut water, and the Beetlejuice, an (almost) virtuous mix of beetroot and ginger juice with gin, Punt e Mes and sweet vermouth and a dash of ginger beer. The whisky-based Smoking Gun is all smoke and sweet while the Pleasure Vessel blends rum with Grand Marnier, orange blossom water, and marmalade, a splash of grapefruit juice introducing a note of tartness into the mix. They also stock a range of local craft beer and service is friendly and good-humoured, ship-shape if you will.