Bar Nancy is the sort of watering hole everybody wants to have in their neighbourhood – a sophisticated and relaxed spot, where food and drink options abound. Its cherry-hued front room – walls lined with bottles and large mirrors – has a big bay window and a comfy sofa where you can play the role of both people watcher and watched. Follow the short corridor to room number two, with its fireplace-warmed leather booths, or bask outside in the fairy light-strung courtyard.
The Westgarth establishment also knows how to mix a knockout cocktail from its long list of house and retro classics with a purist’s touch. Try a smoky martini made with Ardberg Islay Scotch whiskey and a splash of orange oil, or the Cobbler’s Dream, Rittenhouse Rye, Carpano Antiqua Formula and St Germain and Peychaud’s bitters, served in an absinthe-rinsed glass. They also carry a solid selection of beers, including Healesville’s White Rabbit and Fremantle’s Little Creatures.
The bar also offers a tapas and supper menu including organic beetroot chips with mint tzatziki, grilled haloumi on a crunchy section of baguette with rocket and prawn lemongrass skewers.
It’s a comfortable, well-rounded place for an evening of eating and drinking at the bottom of Ruckers Hill. Quiet by weeknight, save for the odd live band, Nancy makes for a low-key evening out, with a little extra bustle on a weekend.