Regulars at The Laneway Lounge know to approach the bar and whisper, “Where’s the Black Book?” Channelling a speakeasy, the bar’s secret tome offers classic Prohibition-era drinks, such as the Millionaire or an Absinthe Fountain.
The main menu offers creative drinks such as an Earl Grey and Mandarin Sour topped with mandarin foam; or a Smoked Chocolate Sazerac with Bulleit rye whiskey, dark cacao, peychaud bitters and chocolate-scented smoke. Alternately, the Laneway Farmstead collection is a fun way to consume your fruit and vegetable quota.
Try the Roger Rabbit containing tequila, lillet blanc, carrot juice, ginger and freshly pressed lemon and orange. Co-owner Shuen Kuan designed the Lounge. Curtained-off private booths conceal mismatched vintage-chic fittings.
In the Live Dining Room, Sydney-based chef Danny Russo’s Love Bites include pork-belly donuts; pheasant and pigeon terrine with preserved figs; black tiger prawn sausage with lemon balm; and arancini with truffle, porcini and parmesan. These fancy eats are matched by nightly performances of vocal jazz.