Pirie & Co
Pirie & Co consists of two venues in one: a simple yet sophisticated lunch spot on ground level, and a speakeasy-style live music venue and dance club in the basement.
By day and early evening, head chef Brad Abougit serves up a broad menu, where smaller share plates sit alongside larger mains. From beef burgers and blue swimmer crab linguini, to drunken lamb salad and a classic Scotch fillet with red wine jus, the food isn’t designed to alienate anyone.
The large wine list reads like a tour of South Australian wineries, with a curated cellar door collection including Penfolds’ best and Château Mont-Redon if you’re serious about your vino.
By night, the Pirie & Co Social Club is the place to be. Below street level, the club hosts a variety of live music acts, from up-and-coming bands to well-established performers such as Tkay Maidza and Adam Page.
But despite the rush of students on Thursdays, this isn’t your typical ‘plastic beer cup’ live music venue. The range of cocktails adds an original spin to classics such as the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan – an approach much more aligned with the Wednesday night jazz recitals.