Step back in time off George Street down the hidden Abercrombie Lane to the newish hot spot Palmer & Co. Enter through the taxidermy filled cages, heed the Foursquare check-in that warns you ‘You can’t get in with a white guy wearing Adidas sneakers’ and you're in a sepia toned, 20s prohibition world named after the local taxidermist, Mr Palmer of Palmer & Bro’s who once occupied the underground space.
Your waitress, dressed as a true flapper will guide you through the massive cocktail book (not list) of Prohibition classics. BarChick had The Antagonist (Belvedere vodka, dark Crème de Cacao, Kahlua, Frangelico, fresh espresso and smoked cream) an eclectic spin on an Espresso Martini, while her date loved the Barrelled Ernest (Oak barrel aged Havana blanco rum and Luxardo maraschino liqueur, lime and grapefruit juices.) The dark underground space is filled with suited CBD hipsters sipping perfect Martinis and sharing charcuterie boards, while in the corner the 85 year old jazz man performs the classics. It’s like a New Orleans illegal gathering, Tuesdays to Saturdays live jazz tunes will keep your feet tapping and flappers flappin.
The Palmer & Co bartenders were found via a global social media campaign to find the best cocktail bartenders in the world, and the result is a multicultural mix up of Martini masters from USA, France, Spain, Germany, England and Australia.
Arrive early on the weekends to avoid the queue & to guarantee yourself a Prohibition deja vu.