Back in May we brought you the news that Australian hospitality veteran, Gorge Camorra, was set to open a new bar in Geelong that he’d been developing over the last five years. Well, they had the first weekend of trade last weekend, and they’ve opened a beautiful new addition to the drinking scene in Geelong.
As for the name, the 18th amendment is the US constitutional amendment that brought about the dark age of Prohibition in the States last century — a cursory glance at the entry on Wikipedia will inform you that the 18th is also the only amendment to be repealed (and thank goodness for that).
The list features a Hall of Fame section, in which they highlight some modern classic recipes from influential bartenders of the last two decades — Audrey Saunders’ Old Cuban and Dale DeGroff’s Anejo Highball are just two examples from the opening list.
As you’d expect from a bar with a heavy Prohibition influence, the drinks here lean towards classic construction, with a barrel ageing program that sees a Negroni, Tequila Old Fashioned, Martinez and more laid to rest on oak.
Classic drinks like the Charlie Chaplin make an appearance, but they’re not content on mere reproduction of classics — the Butter Bramble takes Dick Bradsell’s modern classic recipe and employs butter-infused vodka, citrus, sugar, and PX sherry for a new take.
The bar has been open just a week, so take a look inside the bar in the pictures below and keep an eye out for this one when the nominations for Regional Bar of the Year kick off next year.