The front on this seems all wrong, not ye olde England enough, like the heading of The Barber Shop beverage list. The Barber Shop is a gin joint with an extensive international craft list and vintage gin collection. And when I’m after a gin in ye olde Sydney town there isn’t another place I’d rather be. Sure there are cocktails – mostly based on gin – but when the gins are this good, with so much variety, and there are quality mixers like Fever-Tree or Capi, that’s where I’m heading: Gin and Tonic. There’s also an impressive list of whiskies (Irish, blended, single malt, bourbon, rye and Canadian) other spirits, beer, cider and wine. But why would you when you are in the venue of a gin loving Englishman? The Bar Fly recommended nip – The Botanists, Islay Scotland ($13). Or top of the shelf Plymouth 1970s Edition, Devon England ($32).
While we might not have been able to copy the font, some of the staff – of their own volition – took the wet blade Barber Shop art and had themselves inked. Drinking – while watching them flexing their matching tattoed muscles was all the more pleasing. Barber’s Services like a hot towel shave have been revived at the front of the shop, traditionally an all male hangout. Thankfully for this all girl Bar Fly (she says checking her boobs) the back bar these days lets me in. And there they feed me not only G+Ts, or cocktails like my Fleet Street favourite, but get the nosh right with charcuterie and cheese.
This article was originally published by Rebecca Varidel at Inside Cuisine, 14 April 201489 York Street, Sydney NSW Australia
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