December 19th, 2015

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Food News - Quick Bottle




The holidays are almost upon us, and like many Australians, if you use your time off to eat, drink and be merry, you’ve likely been caught needing to visit a bottle shop whilst a little on the side of merry. Throw in NSW Police’s current MDT campaign (no it’s not a hip new drug, they mean Mobile Drug Testing) and you start to amass a powerful number of disincentives to driving under the influence of anything.

Your seasonal saviour may turn out to be Quick Bottle, who will deliver grog to yours (in Sydney CBD, Inner West, Eastern Suburbs and Lower North) in around forty minutes. I gave it a road test last weekend and was delighted to find most of the fixings for a Sunday afternoon Pimms CupPimms No. 10 Cup ($49.95/500ml) and Lemonade ($4.95/1.25L) – bar the dry ginger ale.



By using partnerships with local bottle shops, Quick Bottle are able to branch beyond mainstream labels. I was pleased to see craft beers, like my favourite quaffer, Stone & Wood Pacific Ale ($23.95/6x330ml); ciders including The Hills Pear Cider ($19.95/6x330ml); and a small range of wines. Okay, for now Quick Bottle isn’t going to replace your favourite independent bottle shop for drinks like sake, premium whiskies, interesting gins and Fever-Tree tonic, but it is definitely worth keeping in mind for life’s little emergencies…

www.quickbottle.com.au

Please note: Quick Bottle will be closed on December 24, 25 and 31.
Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

2015: The Best of Bar Fly



"Forty-three bars, parsley sponge, meat ruffles, doughnut cocktails, foie gras, getting kicked out of casinos and bitchy Bachelorettes later... this Bar Fly (and her liver) have had one hell of a year," writes Amie Barbeler.

I pinned her down to hand me her 2015 favourites...



BEST BARThe Smoking Panda and The Swinging Cat

BEST PUBKeg & Brew



BEST COCKTAIL - Passionfruit Lynchburg (Zanzibar); The Daisy (Tokyo Bird); Ramos Gin Fizz (The Swinging Cat) and Tommy's Margarita (Barrio Cellar).



MOST OBNOXIOUS COCKTAIL - Tied between The Bubbarita (Hubba Bubba infused cream cocktail) at Darlo Country Club and the Doughnut Cocktail at The Smoking Panda.



BEST BAR SNACK - Lobster mac'n'cheese (Darlo Country Club); Deep fried Twinkies (Keg & Brew); Ramen burgers (One Tea Lounge); Wagyu beef and grilled cheese toasties (The Swinging Cat); Figs with prosciutto and melted Gruyere (DiWine); Steak (The Woolpack) and Asado - South American meat buffet (The Norfolk).



BEST POP UPGin Garden at the MCA



The gorgeous Amie Barbeler will return to Does My Bomb Look Big In This? in 2016 with more drinking antics and dating mishaps at Sydney's most interesting pubs and bars.