Where once shone the Amber bar, you’ll now find the strikingly Latino Barrio Central. The main street-level bar comprises a narrow room lined with glass-topped tables, effectively display cases for comics, games and knick-knacks that exude playful character. A park bench and greenery at the back also offer decorative variety.
The drinks menu, ‘in Spanglish’, is categorised by region or country: a Brazilian Lady (Abelha cachaça and passionfruit) complements manly Quilmes beer from Buenos Aires; a Mayan Magic (dark chocolate, chilli, agave and Cazadores tequila) represents
Central America; a Hispaniola Spell (Brugal rum, shochu, jasmine, mint and ginger), the Caribbean; and so on.
Bloody big Barrio burgers, sandwiches and burritos are filled with slow-roasted pulled pork and other grilled meats.
Barrio Central's neighbourhood is inclusive of anyone with a similar mindset rather than geographic locality. A love of music in all its worldly genres, an appreciation of upcoming musicians, artists and urban poets, combined with an appetite for food and drink sourced from all corners and served how they should be - you're in Barrio's 'hood!