May 11, 2018
If the vintage decor of Gardel’s, perched above the Porteno restaurant in Sydney’s Surry Hills neighbourhood, doesn’t alert you to the fun old-time vibe of the bar, then the colorful posters of Carlos Gardel (whom the bar is named after) certainly will. The bar is themed around Gardel’s era (a singer famous for his tango ballads in the ‘20s and ‘30s) and the embossed silver ceilings, curved mirrors, red-painted walls and studded bar all transport patrons back to a bygone era. The bar staff are even in on the act, with the men looking dapper in shirts and suspenders , and the women in pin curls and headscarves.
But despite the laudable interior design, it’s the drinks that you’ve come to Gardel’s for – and you won’t leave disappointed. Cocktails tend towards lovingly-created classics, each poured over hand-cut ice and accompanied by beautiful hand-drawn representations in the menu. Their signature house drink is the Banana Old Fashioned, created using banana-infused whisky and house-smoked maple syrup, while other concoctions are seasonal (such as the Sgroppino, with vodka, fruit sorbet and sparkling wine) or draw on Gardel’s home of Argentina (like the Fernet and Coke – the country’s national drink).
There’s a few international beers, along with an impressive wine list that any connoisseur would be proud of, and which heavily features grapes from Argentina and Spain. A shiny deli bar filled with house-smoked meats, imported cheeses and plump olives provides the perfect food accompaniment to any tipple.
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