Like half of Sydney, I came for Belles Hot Chicken, but I stayed for the gin.
And you haven’t lived until you’ve sucked back a Worship Street Whistling Shop Cream Gin Martini ($34) while taking in this view.
Yes, it’s expensive, but you can’t buy it at Dan Murphy’s (or anywhere in Australia). The fresh cream and vanilla notes result from cream being added as a botanical before distillation (rather than flavouring the gin afterwards) – producing one heck of a smooth martini with a tantalising hint of sweetness.
The Barber Shop crew have assembled a killer list of gins, which clearly warrant detailed exploration. Some, like the Dutch Vlaardingen VL92XY Gin ($15), look a bit like a science experiment in the bottle - and they’re importing it themselves.
Thinking I’d been burned when my expensive Pineapple & Rhubarb ($16) Bombay Dry Gin concoction was served from a bottle...
...I chewed on the freeze-dried rhubarb garnish and mused that it was one of the best pre-mixes I’ve tried.
Everything (bar the martinis) is bottled fresh daily to reduce wait-times when they’re busy. Drinking a savoury, herbaceous Coriandrum ($18) with Bombay Sapphire gin smoked over apple cedar wood and house-made coriander and celery liqueur, you’d never suspect.
Peach and beetroot shrub (old-school vinegar cordial) makes the earthy-sweet Peach & Beet ($17) another winner.
I’ve half a mind to work my way through the whole list before attempting the crazy interpretive dance moves on the signs at Barangaroo Point Reserve. Yep, this is one pop-up I wish would stay around forever!
Gin & It
Wulugul Walk, The Streets of Barangaroo, Sydney