The first time I went to Goodgod, a bar at the end of Liverpool Street in the Spanish Quarter (where La Campana used to be), it was around 8pm on a weeknight. I looked at the multi-coloured lights, the white plaster grotto-style alcoves (complete with blue vinyl seats), the ferns and the yellow bar counter and muttered “good god!” to myself before fleeing outside.
Yet then I heard murmurings from others that Goodgod was a fun place to go late at night (it’s usually open past midnight) and so, a few months later, I find myself venturing in late on a Friday with a friend when the place is jumping. The dance floor is full, 70s disco music is playing and while the decor still makes me want to say the lord’s name in vain, I’m beginning to see the attraction.
When it comes to drinks Goodgod’s main attraction is its jugs filled with various kinds of punch (in fact, even though I later find out they do sometimes make single cocktails, on my first night I’m told they only serve jugs): as such we opt for the Chevy Chase jug, filled with organic vodka, lemon barley water, lemon bitters and lemon wheels. I hate using clichéd words like “refreshing” and “easy to drink” but, if I wanted to be lazy, that’s how I’d describe it. It also barely tastes alcoholic, which can be a dangerous thing.
I return a few weeks later with a group of friends (we had drinks at Grandma’s beforehand), and yet again there’s a fun vibe. This time we try a variety of jugs (all of which cost around $30, give or take a few bucks) and they’re all … well, very drinkable (which in retrospect is such an asinine word to describe a drink, yet I see it on menus and in reviews everywhere. After all, is there such a thing as a non-drinkable drink? But I digress). I’d go into detail on each one but, to be honest, it’s a bit like comparing lemonade to orange soda – they’re all pleasant and get you where you want to go (plus, quite frankly, I can only remember that one of them was called the Pimms jug).
Goodgod has also now opened The Dip – a fast food canteen that serves BBQ and soul food such as hot dogs, burgers, and smoked pulled pork nachos. It’s located at the back and I love the back diner-style counter you can sit at. The highlight is the Lev’s Dawg – it’s made with a smoked Kosher hotdog with chipotle mayo, tomato salsa, grilled yellow peppers and mustard on a steamed and spongey white bun. It’s a knockout. The nachos are also great for those who like to share. The Dip is open until 11pm Wednesday to Saturday.
Goodgod bar, Basement, 53-55 Liverpool Street, Chinatown, Sydney. Open Wednesday until 1am, Thursday until 2am, Friday until 5am, Saturday until 5am. See the Goodgod website
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