In recent years Adelaide’s small bar scene has positively exploded. The range of bars appears infinite, from large scale operations to cute little tucked away bars down side streets. Unsure where to go for all the choice? Fret no more; Papa Sean is here to give you the hot scoop on the best bars in town. These small purveyors of joy are owned and staffed by people who have a real passion for their craft, multitudes of glassies, bar backers, bartenders, event’s organisers, and they’ve all got a story to tell. Next time you decide to check out a new joint, spare a moment to talk to your bartender, you may just learn something.
Our first port of call on this whirlwind tour of Adelaide’s small bar scene is the fantastic BRYKLN, situated on Rundle Street, tucked between Schnithouse and an Internet cafe behind a non-descript green door and up a flight of stairs. The bar is an eclectic fusion of industrial steel meets old world brick and mortar, vintage style naval lanterns providing a cozy ambiance perfect for a quiet drink after work. That doesn’t mean they aren’t ready to party. As hosts to Soundpond.net, these guys are ready to drop some bangers. To witness said bangers, be sure to check out their End of the World NEW YEARS PARTY on December 31st (duh). Like to smash your drinks while looking fly af? Be sure to get your snip on in their in-house hairdresser Crooked Cutting Studio. Try to snap up a booking though, these guys are popular.
I had the pleasure of having a chat to the young Connor, one of BRKLYN's newest drink wizards. As is often the case for bartenders, our man Connor fell into the job completely by happenstance, running into an old mate manager on a drunken night out and being offered a job on the spot at the Lion Hotel. From there he worked every aspect of the hotel, from bartending to gaming, fondly remembering some of the funny characters who used to come through the gaming room, noting particularly that most people would only ever drink bottled beer. An eternal mystery that will never be solved. Old mate Connor has a plethora of knowledge when it comes to mixing up a storm. Like your drinks sour? His favourite drink on the BRKLYN menu is the New York Sour, a tart mix of Rye Whiskey, Egg whites, sugar and red wine. Next time you’re in BRKLYN seek the boy out for this drink, I got to tell you it was bloody brilliant.
Want to check it out? Find BRKYLN at 260a Rundle Street and have yourself a ball! Tell Connor Sean sent ya and maybe he’ll give you a sick high five, who knows.
All images via BRKLYN