The metallic façade and slate-coloured tiles make the already utilitarian bar look even more military at night, which is why at first glance it’s surprising to find the crowd heavy on the ladies. But it’s not hard to see why; this calm, standalone semi-circular space provides a refuge from the usual bar bustle.
Its unobstructed panoramic point is a haven for married-with-children women who enjoy tipples with a gossip nugget or two, and Halo knows it: the drinks list has a page dedicated to seven Halo speciality drinks ($16), categorised by colours.
The Gold is a concoction of champagne, gin, Tia Maria, Monin Mojito, soda water, beer and a very light dust of gold flakes. It’s a refreshing fruity mix that sips a little too easily. On Wednesday nights, there is a one-for-one cocktail deal ($14) for ladies until closing time. Okay, so maybe it’s more than just a calming vibe that’s reeling ’em in.
Drinks $8.50 to $17.
231 Outram Road
|Opening hours:||Sun-Thu 4pm-11.30pm, Fri, Sat and public holidays 4pm-12am|