We all know that the downside of going to a gig in this town means plastic wine glasses, limited beer choices, over-priced snacks and fairy-sized bottles of water. These inconveniences are negated by the awesome power of our love of live music, but what if there was somewhere nearby where you could get a drink you won’t grimace through and a bite to eat that is tasty and cheap? Cue heavy guitar riff… ooohh Bar Racuda
! This Italian wine bar is directly opposite the Enmore Theatre
, which makes it the perfect spot for a glass of Grant Burge shiraz and a four-dollar slice of tomato, mozzarella, basil and oregano pizza. And it’s a decent slice too, which makes it a good value bar snack in a town where you can expect to pay eight bucks for olives. A whole pizza is only a tenner so we say in for a penny, in for a pound – you’re going to need carbs to get you through the second encore anyway. Craft beers and wine will set you back nine dollars a pop here, and a bulk job of cocktails – a Racuda Shaker – gets you two to three serves of a Margarita or Mai Tai for $25. Give Redbull the flick and try a Vodka Espresso as a pre-or-post show pick-me-up, or for something a little more jazz than pop, the Zacapa Old Fashioned is a thing of olde-worlde beauty with 23-year-old rum, sweet Spanish sherry and bitters. Now that’s entertainment.