Bars | 'Tanqueray Influencer' Bar Hop
All through the month of October, the world’s finest gin, Tanqueray, is hosting a series of events for Good Food Month Sydney. Lucky for us at OutInSydney we were invited to experience the Tanqueray Bar Hop - Tonight We Tanqueray!
We were ‘Tanqueray Influencers’ for the night and were sent to explore some of Sydney’s finest bars represented in the Good Food Month guide. To make sure our bar hop ran smoothly, we were picked up by Taylor our designated driver from Prestige Chauffeurs. It made our night a lot easier to say the least!
There was no better place to start off this journey then in the stylish and intimate 360 Bar & Dining. We were not only offered an indulgent and culinary experience with 360 views of the city, but also taste-tested their ‘360 Tanqueray Dirty Martini’ and the BEST Pacific oysters we have ever tried!
Next up, hidden underneath Longrain, is Longrain Bunker Bar - a bar you would never find if you didn’t know about it (lucky you do now!). This chic basement treat, oozing a Manhattan-style warehouse vibe served up a delicious ‘Watermelon & Ginger Sour’ paired with soft shell crab sliders (#yum!). If you haven’t been to Longrain Bunker Bar, we suggest you do…like, right now!
And so we kept bar hopping. Embracing all the characteristics of a charming Darlinghurst cottage with scattered plants and cozy wooden tables was Downtown Bar at
The Commons Local Eating House. Here we tried our favourite cocktail of the night ‘Eyesight to the Blind’- a combination of pear jam and cinnamon cordial with Tanqueray Gin, along with mouth-watering fried and crumbed olives stuffed with three cheeses and micro herbs! Two thumbs-up and a must try this month (or any month, really).
Nearby we were then off to 1950s inspired Hinky Dinks - a bar that proclaims ‘Cocktails first, Questions later. We had no complaints with this motto as we sipped through their ‘Hotel Georgia’ cocktail and mini chicken tacos while admiring retro design touches throughout the bar.
Last but not least, and still able to (just) stand and (just) walk in a straight line, we reached Italian inspired rock ’n’ roll bar, Vasco. Appropriately named after Italian rock star Vasco Rossi, they offered us Italian-focused tapas: Gnocchi Sorrentina, coupled with a ‘Southside’ cocktail made with fresh mint, citrus and house pineapple. Delizioso!
After an incredible evening of gin and good times it was sadly time to call it a night, but this incredible evening is owed to each bar that were all so keen to explain how the spirit of the Tanqueray cocktail complimented their food and venue. This very idea of trying a new twist on Tanqueray is what captured the entire evening of suprises.
Follow our Bar Hop journey, here is the complete list of cocktails and tapas we tried in order and the participating bars we visited represented in the Good Food Month guide that you can also try all this month!
360 Bar & Dining - 100 Market St, Sydney
Cocktail: 360 Tanqueray Dirty Martini
Matched Tapas: Pacific oyster, cucumber, gin martini dressing and avruga
Longrain Bunker Bar - 85 Commonwealth St, Sydney
Cocktail: Watermelon & Ginger Sour: Tanqueray gin, watermelon, kaffir lime, citrus, egg white, ginger and ginger beer;
Matched Tapas: Soft Shell Crab Slider
Downtown Bar at The Commons Local Eating Hosue - 32 Burton St, Darlinghurst
Cocktail: Eyesight to the Blind: Tanqueray gin, homemade pear jam and calvados cinnamon cordial, fresh lime juice, pear and cider.
Matched Tapas: Fried crumbed olives stuffed with three cheeses and micro herbs
Hinky Dinks - 185 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst
Cocktail: Hotel Georgia: Tanqueray gin, fresh lemon, almond syrup, egg whites and orange blossom
Matched Tapas: Mini Chicken Taco, Jalapeno mayonnaise and Radicchio
Vasco - 421 Cleveland St, Surry Hills
Cocktail: Southside: Tanqueray gin, fresh mint, citrus, house pineapple syrup and elderflower
Matched Tapas: Gnocchi Sorrentina
Written by Carla Pavez