Three Bottle Man
If anything is a sign that this all-day venue is drinks focused, it’s the name. The slender laneway cafe and bar is inspired by William Pitt, a late 18th century British prime minister who famously always carried three bottles with him, each with a different liquor.
Everything from the bar is served in threes – three varieties of gin, three beers, three reds, three whites and so on. They change each week but they’ll always be Australian, most likely boutique producers too.
During the daytime, try Raphael Szurek’s menu – regular cafe fare with a few flourishes. Mornings include freeze-dried mandarin, crème fraiche and strawberry-topped French toast; and pickled vegetables alongside toasted barely with ocean trout. Later in the day it’s mostly snacks with charcuterie, cheeses, homemade pumpkin and ricotta gnocchi and garlic-butter pipis.
Most of cooking will be done at Three Bottle Man’s sister venue, Silvester’s. The long bench space here is reserved for theatrical cocktail making. If you don’t want to share your dining area with a mixologist, there’s small lounge and sunlit seats on the street.