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This buzzing late night joint at the top of Pottinger Street aims to please everyone – and does a decent job – but it’s no destination bar
The blaring dance music that escapes from within suggests SlideOn79 is going to be a rowdy affair but upon entering, we’re just left confused. Pop art covers the walls, a stark contrast to the art deco furniture and a big screen showing sports. Though SlideOn79 is described as ‘playful, dynamic and ever-evolving’, we’re left wondering what this bar is trying to be.
Sidling up to the bar, we’re greeted by tattooed bartenders dressed in sharp waistcoats. The menu – featuring homemade syrups and bitters – suggests that carefully crafted cocktails are the order of the day, so we opt for a Buddha’s Creation ($118) and Naughty Berry ($118).
The former is a blend of an unnamed single malt whisky, apple liqueur, basil, lemon juice, and a cinnamon syrup. It comes served in a metal tankard – the kind certain cha chaan tengs serve milk tea in – topped with a semisphere of ice. The ice, perched on top, looks pretty but is useless as it does nothing to cool the drink. The cocktail itself is overwhelmed by the sweet synthetic flavour of its apple liqueur. There’s barely a whiff of whisky or cinnamon and the lemon is nowhere to be found.
The Naughty Berry is a little better, with Bombay gin, black raspberry, egg white and homemade cardamom, vanilla and clove syrup. The fruity flavour is pleasant enough but there’s too much egg white and too much going on in the syrup. Keeping things simpler would have worked better.
Hungry, we order the cheese toast with onion, coriander and chilli ($78). It’s decent but the cheese completely dominates. The onion tempura ($88) is crisp and not too oily but $88 for what are essentially fancy onion rings is a little much.
The drinks aren’t going to win any awards at SlideOn79 but there are generous happy hour deals and free-flow packages throughout the week, so it’s probably a good place for a knees-up and the food makes more sense in this context. The staff are friendly and passionate at SlideOn79 too, plus the atmosphere has a good vibe. It’s not a place for cocktail connoisseurs but it should make for a decent spot to slide on down to after work. Sam Sinha
79 Wyndham Street (Entrance from Pottinger Street)
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thur 5pm-1am, Fri and Sat 5pm-3am, Sun midday-9pm|
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