BAR NONE - 72 AUBURN PDE, CAMBERWELL, MELBOURNE
So this establishment has been around for 12 years and is one of the only cocktail bars in the Eastern Suburbs (if you exclude Richmond) and if you live out that way and in the Eastern Suburbs and haven't checked it out yet, I would suggest that you do.
The first time I went to Bar None, it was just one of those days you know, where I felt like I was no where near cool enough to go anywhere that was remotely cool, in my t-shirt and jeans I looked like I had been slapped in the face with a wet bus ticket when I walked in the joint.
I went with some mates to their regular haunt. We entered via a staircase through what most would call a hole in the wall doorway. To be surprised by a really cool dimly lit cocktail lounge. We were seated on some couches that were in front of a projector screen playing "To Kill a Mockingbird", and we were handed what I can only describe as MASSIVE black paper back novels. That was the cocktail list. A paperback novel as a cocktail list, that's crazy right? Soooo many cocktails to choose from I had no idea where to begin. Thankfully, one of the bartenders came over and helped me out with a few recommendations, of some of their most popular gin cocktails. I found it such an interesting place that I made sure it was one of the first cocktails to visit on my Gin Joint adventure.
This time around....I had a really good chat with some of the most laid back, and friendly bar staff I have ever met, that were super helpful in answering all my ridiculous questions on what is one of their busiest nights of the week.
So onto Gin...
House gin : Beefeater 24 (I always want to call it beefeater 42 I don't know why, maybe because 42 is the answer to the universe and everything...)
Most popular Australian gin: Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin
Most popular gin drink (is very dependant on who is manning the floor and taking orders): Corpse Reviver No. 2 - which is: equal parts gin, triple sec, lemon juice, lillet blanc, and a drop of absinthe - shaken like crazy and served with a twist of lemon
Most popular drink in general: this was a busy night and as I asked a question while they were all running around, I beleive the answer was an espresso martini
Busiest days of the week: Friday & Saturday
Least busy days of the week: Tuesday
If they could make their own gin What would it taste like/what botanicals would they use: Coriander heavy and lemon myrtle rich gin and a bit herbaceous
Usual crowd that congregate at this establishment: "a real mixed bag of people", different people at different times of the night!
Now onto the gin cocktails I had:
I started with a classic, a Negroni which was: Beefeater 24, Campari, Antica Formula vermouth, a massive ice block and a fat twist of orange. It was really good solid classic negroni. I would give it a decent 6.5/10 rating.
Next I asked for "another gin drink" and received a Clover Club which was: Beefeater 24, raspberry cordial, grenadine, egg white and lemon juice. (I later learnt that this is their "go to" drink when someone comes in and asks for 'a pink drink'. It certainly was pink). Now as you will soon get to know that, sweet drinks aren't really my thing (apart from negronis, they are my weekness), but this was very pleasant for a sweet pink drink. I would recommend this drink to any gin lover with a tiny bit of sweet tooth, or people who like pink, it was very pink.
Next a MARTINI, of: Poor Toms Gin and Lillet garnished with what I can only describe as a "green apple fan" (I am not sure if that is the technical drinks term for it). It was really enjoyable. I have been slowly turned into a martini drinker instead of a negroni drinker and if every martini is this easy to drink, I'm going to be in trouble! I would give it an 8.5/10.
And Lastly I couldn't leave without trying their most popular Gin-tail (see what I did there... Gin + Cocktail = Gin-Tail) a Corpse Reviver No. 2,(ingredients listed above). It was tasty, not what I was expecting, quite absinthey. I was expecting it to be more lemony. I would recommend this to any and all gin drinkers.
So the best on ground that night I had hands down was the martini. I would happily recommend it to any martini lover, or even just the martini liker to try a poor toms martini made this way, it was really good, one of those "that hit the spot" kind of drinks!
Again, I suggest this bar to everyone in the eastern suburbs, and even those in the non-eastern suburbs!
Also don't forget to drink responsibly team!