Unless, for example, someone else is paying for them, or where the combination of ingredients is so batshit crazy that it just might work, or where the ingredients are too hard to prepare, such as bourbon washed with bacon. Hell, I can barely be bothered washing myself, much less my liquor.
However, the Neighbourhood Bar in Bondi Beach is not your average gin joint. Yeah, sure, it has its own radio station (called Bondi Radio) in a tiny booth down the back, but for me it’s the Caramel Corn Old Fashioned that makes it special.
Made with buttered popcorn-washed Bulleit bourbon, Talisker 10-year-old single malt, salted caramel syrup, and a splash of orange bitters, this is the best cocktail I’ve had in months. Easy.
The BBQ margarita (served with grilled pineapple) that my tight-arse friend who looks like David Hasselhoff drinks isn’t half bad either. I’d tell you more about it, but my friend hogged it for himself and wouldn’t let me have more than a sip.
What else is there to say about the Neighbourhood Bar? You can sit at the wood-paneled bar counter or at a variety of tables, there are laid-back beats playing, and I saw some customers being served a roast chicken that smelled so great I was even tempted to break my no eating rule.
In short, I like this place. A lot.
Neighborhood Bar, 143 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach, see the Neighbourhood Bar website. Open every day.