Benjamin Sweeten is behind Kansas City Shuffle. Tuxedo, his bar right next door, is dedicated to Espresso Martinis.
Housed in the former Cadbury chocolate factory, Tuxedo's fit-out features exposed brick, bare light bulbs and huge steel girders. A pool table dominates one end of the room and a neon sign proclaims “we're not in Kansas anymore”. Also prominent is plenty of golf paraphernalia – a tribute to Sweeten's favourite pastime.
Impatient drinkers can order an Espresso Martini on tap (it’s also cheaper), but the fresh version uses carefully selected ingredients. The base Espresso Martini has Single Origin coffee, vodka and Mr Black, a cold-drip coffee liqueur. There’s also a dirty Espresso Martini, which uses cold-drip coffee.
Try a rum-based Espresso Martini with Frangelico and chocolate liqueur, or a sweeter number with amaretto, or the decaf version. There's a nod to the building's past – a Cadbury Chocolate Martini made with milk, chocolate liqueur, chocolate syrup and vodka.
For beer fans there's Black Mamba, an espresso-based brew made by Young Henrys. It's on tap, alongside the brewery's lager and Newtowner ale. The wine list of Australian, French and Italian drops has 12 by the glass and double that number by the bottle.
The food menu involves retro snacks and a few favourites from Kansas City Shuffle. There’s hummus and American bits including smoked beef-brisket tacos; shrimp cocktails; and chicken-liver parfait. For dessert, there's Mr Black espresso tiramisu.