Prohibition Food and Wine


good date place

Housed inside a former bank, Prohibition is a little shinier, brighter and easier to find than your average speakeasy.

Large, high windows flood the cavernous space with natural light, and reveal patches of exposed brick, dark timber furniture, marble tables and brown leather seats. Seating is a mix of smaller tables and communal ones, banquettes and bar stools, so the solo drinker or diner is as well catered for as those in a group.

The menu reflects this attitude, too. Small plates include Szechuan fried whitebait with aioli; confit garlic doughnuts with pecorino and orange marmalade; and mac’n’cheese with bacon and truffle.

If you’re dining with a larger group, you can slowly dissect a salumi board; share a fragrant lamb curry or some fresh mussels. There’s also a burger and Hopkins River dry-aged steak.

The wine list is safe but solid. You won’t find anything orange or sulphite-free, but you will find more unusual varieties such as Arneis, Blaufränkisch and Montepulciano.

Mountain Goat beer is on tap, and there are Crownies, Peronis and MB longnecks by the bottle. And of course, there are cocktails: choose from classics such as Negronis or South Sides, or for something a little fresher try a Mojito or an Aperol Spritz.