Above Board

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A tiny bar hidden off Smith Street shines a tight beam on cocktail craft

Collingwood’s newest cocktail bar is the brainchild of Hayden Lambert, former head bartender at Bar Americano, and who also worked under Sean Muldoon in Ireland, now owner of the world’s #1 rated bar, Dead Rabbit in New York. The tiny room is almost filled by the bar, a command centre in the middle of the room behind which Lambert dispenses hand-crafted tipples. You have no choice but to focus on what’s in front of you and the craft that went into making it.

If it all sounds a bit stuffy, never fear, Lambert’s dry sense of humour is anything but formal. The Old Pop sees tequila shaken with cumquats and chestnut liqueur. The glass is frosty cold, the ice is hand cracked, and the cumquat garnish is perfect in its simplicity. Likewise the classics, often made with small modifications like a dash of absinthe in the Manhattan, are perfectly balanced and made with muscle memory precision.

By: Fred Siggins

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Venue name: Above Board
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Address: 306 Smith St
3066
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 5pm-1am

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