Walk past PG’s and you might think it’s a library, not a bar. The windows are blocked with a facade of books and deep-grey velvet curtains.
Cocktails are the focus at PG’s. Like at co-owner Lucas Cristofle’s Darlinghurst venue, Black Bottle, the creative menu changes regularly. There are unexpected ingredients and combinations, such as honeycomb in the tequila-based Rattlesnake. And galangal (a bit like ginger) and yuzu are served with dark rum. Every bottle on the succinct natural and biodynamic wine list is served by the glass, carafe or bottle, and the bar collaborates with a rotating list of local brewers.
The dishes offered are too substantial to qualify as bar snacks, but not quite big enough to constitute dinner, so order a selection. There’s an antipasti board, house-made chicken-liver pate, jaffles of spicy ‘nduja (spicy, spreadable salami) and mellow blue cheese, and a cheeseburger with pickles and burger sauce. And pippies with sobrasada (spreadable hot Italian sausage), which is served with crusty baguette.
Paintings of Napoleon in gilt frames hang on the teal-coloured walls, the furniture is dark timber and there are neon-pink lights in the shape of nude silhouettes.