Pink Moon Saloon
Good things don't always come in small packages but in this case, the adage is true. Designer Matiya Marovich worked magic when transforming a shabby laneway into Pink Moon Saloon.
From the footpath, it looks like a tiny alpine hut. Beyond the blue doorway, a Henry David Thoreau-inspired hideaway awaits. The narrow space fits 90 people. It’s split into three sections: a dark, narrow bar opens up to a leafy courtyard, beyond which booths sit alongside a kitchen with flames at its heart.
You’re in good hands here. Crispian Fielke, Josh Baker, Marshall King and Dana Whyte of Clever Little Tailor are behind this lair and their attention to detail is tangible.
Dapper chaps pour independent brews, top-shelf spirits, creative cocktails and delicately devised frozen daiquiris. The staff knows its stuff and table service is a friendly, knowledgeable affair.
Chef Matthew Standen runs the kitchen. They don’t call it the “house of fire” for nothing. A wood oven churns out charred beasts, birds and vegetables.
Generously served sandwiches and salads also benefit from its smoky touch. A ploughman’s plate is ideal for sharing with strangers-turned-friends on Leigh Street’s two communal tables.