Even in this candy coloured environment, the vibe for Abby Dobson is relaxed and low-key at her free Thursday night Red Door Set.
The crowd is a collection of upwardly mobile couples, mostly straight and moneyed, with a raggedy bunch of older singles sipping beers.
Women seem keener on exploring the reasonably extensive cocktail list, offering options like the High Tea ($16) bearing house-infused chamomile and vanilla gin.
As Abby’s lilting tones lull the audience into peaceful reverie of loves long gone, we're kept engaged with a collection of dude food favourites...
...from crisp cream and jack cheese stuffed Jalapeño Poppers ($12) to Crab Cakes ($15.50).
While the former is a zesty mouthful, the latter benefits from the on-table selection of hot sauces (chipotle’s my favourite).
The smile-makers are fresh, vibrant (though somewhat overstuffed) Grilled Marinated Prawn Tacos ($5.50/each) with ‘slaw, scallion and mojo verde...
...and The Quack ($5.50), a baby burger bearing duck and smoky BBQ sauce.
"Don't ask for more," croons Abby, doing a song she recorded for The Secret Life of Us.
My arteries tend to agree; so after scraping dry our retro plastic pint pail of summery Rosé Sangria ($28/jug) brimming with fresh strawberries and green apple, we melt into the night.