Trinket Bar is an inconspicuous cocktail bar – formerly Mediterranean eatery Terra Rossa– lurking quietly on Flinders Lane. First, enter a tiny, velvet-padded room where you’ll find Gem the ballerina. Turn her dial to reveal the main entrance to the bar.
Inside, ornaments and charms embellish the Art Deco space. Tutu-inspired light fittings sit above the bar; there’s gold-gilded velvet furniture; and rows of jewellery boxes, candelabras and intricate vases add a touch of old-world charm.
A basement bar underneath is accessed through a Narnia-like wardrobe. Push aside the fur coats to reveal the hidden entrance. It’s luxe, with velvet curtain-covered walls, plush lounges and candlelit tables.
At the bar, choose from The Gem,Belvedere, Earl Grey tea, lemon, rosewater and bitters topped with prosecco; The Dark Lady, juniper-heavy Sipsmith VJOP gin, beetroot, raspberry, Dry Madeira sherry, lemon and egg white; or The Trinket Aviation, with blueberry-infused gin, lime, maraschino and violet liqueur.
The food menu is secondary to drinks – this isn’t somewhere to sit down to dinner. Triple-cheese cigars come with smoked ash aioli and honey “pearls”, served in an ash tray; sweet-potato wedges come with bourbon sour cream, and fries are dusted with Aleppo pepper and served with truffle mayo. Flatbread made from 72-hour fermented dough comes alongside smoked tomato, buffalo mozzarella and basil.
On weekends, Trinket Bar hosts boozy brunches.