Yo ho ho, and a bottle of gin.
What was originally the Pyrmont Bridge Pub in 1914 has been given a fresh nautical lease on life as Peg Leg Pyrmont cocktail bar, inspired by the first British and Dutch explorers that came to Australia.
Manuel Alvarez and his partner Colin Perillo are the bartenders and handy-men behind the new fit-out that you would be excused for mistaking for a ship’s deck.
And it’s clear their former roles at London’s Milk & Honey have given them a great sense of the finer details that make a truly unforgettable bar experience.
“You need to look at things like lighting, music, temperature, the smell of the room, the design of the bar - from the height and depth of the bar top, to all the measurements needed to design the perfect booths for our guests,” says Manuel.
The menu (chaptered by rank) is equally as considered. In line with their naval theme, gin and rum make up the core of the drinks offering, with focus on products that represent Australia.
Whatever you order, you can be sure it’s made with love.
“You need to love every every opportunity you get to make a drink. There’s no point in making the best drinks in the world if you don’t love what you are doing and feel proud of the products you deliver.”
If you visit the bar around 4pm, you might catch Manuel hand-chipping cocktail ice squares from a huge block, in preparation for the evening. That’s cocktail love, right there.
We recommend the White No_1, Peg Leg’s take on the Tuxedo No_2.