May 11, 2018
With a slightly gothic tinge to its décor and an interior that features red walls and is heavy on wood and metal there’s a veritable forest of twisting, turning ‘trees’ inside, giving it the air of a Tim Burton movie the Locus is a dark and trendy spot that’s ideal for nights of subtle seduction or, if people watching is more your thing, blatant voyeurism. A single, cavernous room on Main Street, it’s lined with intimate church-like booths in which hip East-siders gather to dine on rich south western tucker. Calamari or roast-chicken in Sambuca are particular favourites, and there’s always a vegetarian main on offer. The venue is open from breakfast through lunch and dinner, and also does a hearty weekend brunch (which has both vegetarian and vegan options the place is careful to cater for a range for dietary requirements, so a great destination if some of your party have food issues). The cocktails tend towards the classic we’d be tempted by the gin-based Elderflower or the rum and mango Locus Punch (or try one of the daily changing specials). There’s also a decent list of wines and beers on offer, including a well-chosen list of single malts. The vibe and the crowd is pleasantly casual, and the staff are always friendly, and as well as the local crowd it attracts a lot of out-of-towners breakfast especially is popular with those seeking to fuel up before a day of taking in the city’s delights. While you’re there be sure to check out the surreal twisted iron fixtures at the front – the work of someone who’s had more than one Locus Martini?