Base. Bar is simple but effective. As a dinner venue, a place for some quiet drinks, or a Sunday session, it’s the sort of cool, relaxed space that’s rare in the East. Run by the same team who owns the The Bath Hotel across the beer garden, Base. targets a younger crowd, offering a selection of pizza, tapas and sliders.
Pizza highlights include the Mediterranean (free range chicken, roast peppers, Danish feta, olives, and sundried tomatoes), the Fungi (enoki, shitake and swiss brown mushrooms with blue cheese and truffle oil), as well a few dessert pizza options (can you ever go wrong with Nutella pizza?).
The wine list is a fresh change from the usual domination of South Australian wineries with a mixed bag from South Africa, New Zealand and Italy. The beers are more loyal to the locals, with bottles from Smiling Samoyed, Stone & Wood, Prancing Pony and the like.
There are also the usual cocktails, but for something different try one of the signatures – such as a watermelon and basil margarita.
The rustic menu is reflected in the surroundings, with raw brick and timber providing a warm complement to the concrete flooring. Rather than table service, meals are ordered at the counter and you’re given a buzzer to collect it when it’s ready.