Cafe Lounge – cocktail bar review

Last night we returned to Comedy at the Lounge which is going from good to great since opening night 6 weeks ago. Rhys Jones’ comfortably growing weekly Monday night comedy session provides a platform for newbies, regulars from the comedy circuit and some great headline acts which will get you cracking up and coming back for more. I was also looking forward to a delicious $10 pizza and of course some great cocktails!

Dodging chained up fixies we entered via the sneaky side door just off Crown St. Surry Hills, and immediate impressions are of just how loungey this place is. A stalwart in these parts for more than 15 years the new owners Simon (ex Winery) and Louis have added to their team with Toby Adams. All the guys contributing slight changes to the logistics of drinks and food service, an overhaul of the cocktail and food menu as well as interior design tweaks here and there adding even more lamps and unique touch ups. Not too mention the enhanced entertainment roster toting fantastic local vinyl playing (and sometimes wearing) DJ talent and much more. This all to the mural back drop of a sublime palm tree filled sunset installed long ago by Jumbo.

Kwi Love Chair at the Lounge

The Kiwi Love Chair at the Lounge

Having had a few cocktails here before, I steered back to my favourites from this very loungey themed cocktail list which includes a great mix of classic and modern style original drinks. Of course you can order from a great range of traditionals mentioned along the bottom, indeed the bar guys n gals will make to order any drink you want, the bar consecrated by their perfect half salt rimmed margarita. Names and descriptions of their themed orginals inspire you to lounge back, cocktail in hand and bob your white fro head along with all the other tightly clad and mostly unshaven cool kids.

The Lazy Boy – Inspired by the simple ingredients of old this kamikaze like cocktail adds bitters and Bundaberg ginger beer creating a refreshing but complex cocktail served on the rocks.

With names and descriptions like: The Kiwi Love Chair – Kiwi goodness, hint of elderflower, Summer meadows, beautiful color, sweet with a tang….this cocktail list keep on giving.After 2 long drinks I was ready for something more along the lines of a digestive after my pumpkin pizza. With a description of ‘blow your f#%*ing head off’ The Recliner, paying a nod to the Old Fashioned cocktail, was a tasty way to wind up the evening.

Actually I had a Ricard pastis with rocks and water after that too, solely as a salute to my young days spent drinking this old school traditional beverage with cousins in France.

All in all a fantastic place to enjoy drinks, food and laughs on a Monday, or any night of the week that you feel like being transported into some lost wooden lounge room …except with drinks on tap!

Cafe Lounge – (02) 9356 8888
277 Goulburn Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
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