I haven't been to nearly 20 bars in the last 20 days, but here are some of the charity-contributing drinks (and some not) and venues I have visited so far.
|Gardel's Bar upstairs at Porteño, Cleveland Street, Surry Hills|
Above the restaurant and where you'll be looking down enviously onto the 'courtyard' of diners, give them something to be jealous about with an extensive cocktail menu, exotic liquors and syrups, and a stylised intimate space that's very Latino.
|Santa Rosa - the Parched March special at Gardel's Bar at Porteño|
With the caramel, it's a divinely sweet drink lightly balanced with sour and bitterness - and utterly drinkable. There also seemed to be a touch of vanilla, with lots of black vanilla bean specks covering the bottom of the large stemless glass.
|Argentine Aviation at Gardel's Bar at Porteño|
|Special punch of the day - the Parched March special |
at Grandma's Bar, Clarence Street, Sydney
It's decked out with furnishings you'd see at an old aunt's or indeed nanna's home (though not quite as overboard as my old piano teacher's) - and as such, I felt like I was in a familiar place.
A daily punch of the day sits in a punch bowl at the bar, waiting to be ladled into enamelled tin mugs. This particular night it was a two-rum, mango, passionfruit and (apple?) juice punch. Served over lots of ice, I found it a bit tame but certainly refreshing.
|Basil Grande at Grandma's Bar|
|Royal Hawaiian at Grandma's Bar|
And as a sidenote, great sustainable thinking with the washbasins in the toilets. I know you'll stop.
|Raspberry Moscow Mule at Grandma's Bar|
|Chicken jaffle at Grandma's Bar|
I've loved jaffles from a young age (ham and cheese; ham, cheese and tomato; tinned spaghetti and cheese; creamed corn and cheese; or even just cheese and cracked black pepper) - thanks to Grandma's for bringing them back.
We went the chicken version, omitting the onion, so left with a toasty, pre-cut chicken and cheese sandwich with Japanese mayonnaise on the side in a charming glass/crystal dish. Just the snack for cocktails, believe it or not, while other options are biltong or spiced cashew nuts.
|Bloody Mary from the Cocktail and Spirits Club, underground |
at the Vault, Pitt Street, Sydney
Vodka is spiced up with pepper, Worcestershire sauce and just a dash of Tabasco for me, and the celery with the juice puts this cocktail into the healthy part of the food pyramid.
|Martini from the Cocktail and Spirits Club|
|Mojito from the Cocktail and Spirits Club|
Don't forget, Parched March participating venues are all putting on cocktails and drinks till the end of the month to raise money for the nominated charities, with venues including The Island Bar, Stitch, Sake Restaurant and Bar, Small Bar and The Winery.
|The Argyle courtyard for CarnivArgyle, The Rocks, Sydney|
What a way to celebrate a month of Latin-inspired activities for the rest of March, including free samba classes every Thursday night (details here).
|The Belvedere Bar upstairs at The Argyle|
|A cinnamon rim!|
|I've always loved the light fittings at The Argyle|
|Brazilian dancers for CarnivArgyle|
(Photo courtesy of The Cru Media)
|The beautiful courtyard|