Censorship’s a funny thing. In the American broadcast version of Die Hard 2, Bruce Willis cries “Yippee-kay-aye, Mr Falcon!” instead of “Yippee-kay-aye, motherfucker!”. Never mind the trivialisation of human death – it’s the use of a word that wouldn’t shock a grandmother that had to be censored. Ok, that sentiment sounded much more profound in my head.
The first time I drank in Mr Falcon’s, one of Glebe’s latest small bars, I asked the owner about the name and he told me about the Die Hard censorship, adding he’s also a Bogart – and Maltese Falcon – fan (which explains Bogie’s face appearing both on the sign outside the bar and behind the bar counter). Considering Glebe also sports a Bogart’s pizza place, it looks like Glebe really is Humphrey’s suburb.
Since I waffled so much in the first two paragraphs, I’ll cut to the chase now: the best way to describe Mr Falcon’s is that it’s a low-key, casual small bar where you can lounge on sofas while drinking affordably-priced craft beers.
The décor is … well, let’s call it eclectic: each sofa looks different to the next one (my favourite is the animal print one), there’s lava lamps in the fireplace, plastic faux candles on the tables, milk crates, paper lanterns, a chandelier and a fedora (ala Bogart) hanging on one wall. While I can’t see this place appearing in the pages of Vogue Living any time soon (the best way to describe the look is to call it “uni student chic”) it is comfortable. I know several people who criticise small bars because they feel they’re being judged by the hipster crowd (not that this bothers me – I just assume hipsters have better things to do than think about me for even a split second), but there’s no problem of that here – the crowd tends to be a little older and is relatively hipster free. There’s also a large tree-filled courtyard for the cigarette and nature lovers.
Mr Falcon’s serves cocktails and has some spirits and wines behind the counter, as well as jugs of sangria, but its forte – as far as I’m concerned – is with its selection of boutique beers. The one I keep drinking here is the 4 Pines Hefeweizen, which is a great German-style wheat beer – I hate fruity beers with a passion, but this manages to have just a touch of banana to it without it becoming urgh. And yes, urgh is an official beer tasting term.
Mr Falcon’s, 92 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, phone 9029 6626, see the Mr Falcon’s website. Open Monday to Saturday until midnight, Sunday until 10pm.
Now it’s your turn – how do you rate Mr Falcon’s?