The familiar comfort of a grandparent, the polished design of a small bar and the excitement of a pub all roll into one at Peel Street’s newest addition, Alfred’s Bar.
The casual and welcoming space is inspired by owner Scott Quick’s grandfather, Alfred; a warm character who enjoyed brewing beer at home and entertaining the locals. “He had bars inside his house and in the backyard. His house kind of became the local watering hole, which is part of what we’re trying to create here,” says Quick.
Working with Matiya Marovic of SansArc Studio (Pink Moon Saloon, Whistle & Flute, BRKLN), Quick transformed the small space, which once housed BarBushka, demolishing most of its second story. “We removed the mezzanine to open the space up into one cohesive area, instead of just a defined upstairs and downstairs.”
The bar features a dart board upstairs and a large brass “time to go” bell downstairs. The darts have been so popular since the venue opened that nearly all of them have been (accidentally) broken by eager players. “We’re going to start a Tuesday darts night for the hospitality crew,” says Quick.
You wont find any airs and graces here. Quick wants to provide a familiar and comfortable experience. “You know what drink you’re going to get, you get good service and a comfortable environment.” Tap beers include “recognisable brands” such as Coopers, Heinekin and James Squire. “We try to keep things we call ‘premium mainstream’, but we [also] have our back bar with top-shelf products,” says Quick.
It’s drinks-only for now, but Quick plans to introduce simple food in the future, allowing guests to linger for longer.