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Dead Ringer

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It’s no secret that the team behind Sydney’s Bulletin Place are something of a supergroup. A series of old friends and successful solo artists, bought together by a creative endeavor they truly believe in. The raw impact hits you on entry, hospitality done well for the cities weary drinkers.

So then, what to expect when the group goes to ground for months in the creation of second offering? Would they be one-hit-wonders? Would this be full of experimentation and the things that simply couldn’t fit upstairs in their diminutive city haunt? Would Tim end it all by insisting that a pygmy orchestra be trained and flown in for the launch party?

It was with all, and none of these thoughts crowding my head as I visited Dead Ringer last week.

Built on the bones of other bars in Bourke Street, Dead Ringer is not Bulletin Place. Just the sort a solid second album you’d expect from a group of this caliber, things are noticeably more refined this time around. The boys are smart enough to have not wasted their money here but the finishes feel refined and well produced. Food is very much on the menu here, with twice as many dishes as there are cocktails. The pig jowl terrine and the chicken liver parfait are early fancies of the instagram crew, but even Tim’s signature $27 dollar olives (real price $7, but we all are watching Yelp for some outrage) are worthy of note, warm and textured, perfectly salty and demanding of the next drink.

And what drinks they are. The self-titled mainstay  Yuzu Breezer is set to be the most instagrammed drink in Sydney. The refreshing, yuzu and grapefruit acid nestles down with the rum and a little fizz. This update to the love-hate alcopop format is everything an RTD should be, the only conceivable improvement would be a hashtag on that label to try and keep track of the spread. The sherry cobbler and pineapple adonis showcase the soft spot the group has for sherry. The fresh elements that gained them fame are all present, but presented in ways that show the benefits of spending some time in the studio while the finer points of this opening were worked out. The cheek and chat can be more than seen in the nod to its Surry Hills environs, the obligatory – an old tequila, cold rip coffee and maple concoction which proves sarcasm can indeed be made to taste like heaven. The track-listing lends the drinks to be paired along with dining, I’ll be back to see how that works.

I’m not sure it leaves me as giddy and excited as the raw charm and refreshingly refined drinks concept on show each night upstairs at the original BP, but that said DR is probably better on many measures. Hands down my favourite feature is having more seats around the bar, with all the more chance to interact with the talent that resides behind it.

Early fans are like that though, always chasing the thrill of that first discovery, clinging to the fact they discovered it early as a way to stave of the personal and publicly identifiable madness that comes with fond obsession. For the bright eyed crowds walking the Hills of Surry, discovering the second one first will be as intoxicating as it was for those of us lucky enough to be there at the beginning. They’ll be blown over by the things that have become the signature sounds for this group, wherever they ply their trade: True hospitality and a feeling of welcome and enough staff to make sure everyone is looked after, really well made drinks that stand up to classics but showcase fresh local ingredients.

Keep rocking boys, I’ve put you on repeat.

413 BOURKE STREET
SURRY HILLS, NSW, 2010
02 9331 3560
Props to @callanboys @cocktailgirl @mixingdrinks @thedrinkbubble and @urbanchicguides for the pilfered instasnaps. Follow them on instagram for more drinks than you could ever imbibe on your own.
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Drinking makes you feel good.

Help this guy out, obviously punching above his weight

Help this guy out, obviously punching above his weight.

Some days, it feels like all being a fan of premium booze and crackin’ cocktails is only really good at emptying your wallet and giving you hangovers.

Somewhat rarer are opportunities to drink with purpose.

This is one of those times.

This is a story about a boy doing something for the woman he loves.

This is a story about said woman doing something big, something special and something that in no small way will change the world

Let me steal Tim’s word’s as they’re more heartfelt than anything I could muster:

Linn, my wonderful partner is finishing her Degree in Applied Social Science. She is specializing in coaching Psychology and part of finishing her degree involves 250 Hours Work Placement in an organization. Linn would like to do her placement at a charity based in Uganda called Woman Of Purpose International. This charity works to provide a society where vulnerable girls and women are empowered to live to their full potential. Read more below:

http://www.thefortressuganda.blogspot.com.au/

Long story short, this costs money to go over there. Linn will not be paid for her work, nor will she be helped with her flights costs, accommodation, and food there. This is not a holiday for Linn. She is going to Uganda to live within the community of these women, support them, and help these mothers get back into society. These TEENAGE women have been cast out of there society, usually for the “crime” of merely falling pregnant. This organization works to help them look after their children educate them, and support them into returning to their society.

So what can you do?

Head along to Bulletin Place this Sunday, the 8th of September from 4-8pm. Part with (more than) a few bucks and drink some booze that has been donated by some great companies. It might be your chance to actually see Tim Philips making drinks at his bar as well. There will be donations, there will be puns, there will be cocktails AND its for a good cause, so you can send a facebook status update to all those smug fucks who flood your social medias with their Dry July posts because drinking and charity are much better together than they are apart.

If you can’t make it along to the event itself, you can still contribute here http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/wopi/75884

See you there.

 

 

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Bar Week Cometh

Australia’s largest booze trade event has got a new frock, and she’s looking pretty good in it to boot.

Each year, the publishers of Bartender Magazine put on an industry event to showcase the products and people that make hospitality all that it is in Australia. This year it’s bigger, better and for the first time, open to the public.

You’ll be able to attend the show, under this year’s swish moniker, Drinks Fest. Once there you’ll have the chance to taste and learn about all things liquid and intoxicating. I’m more excited than Tim Philips in the children’s section at Zara.

Why you should care:

  1. The main event will be held at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in the Rocks, instead of the weird trade halls at Moore Park.
  2. For the first time, one of the days of the show (Sunday the 23rd September) will be open to the general public. This means an opportunity to learn about, and taste some great products and buy at a discount too.
  3. The involvement for the general public doesn’t stop there. If you can bear the company of Alex Adams and Simon McGoram for an evening, Ketel One bar tours are a great way to learn about the small bars festooning Sydney’s inebriated underbelly, and that’s just the beginning.
  4. There’s the usual fantasticness of events, dinners, breakfasts, balls and bar awards dinners.
  5. Tim Philips is bringing his throne to the dinner.

Check out the website and get yourself some tickets. It is a really great way to get across the Australian industry in the work of but a moment.

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Timmy Philips, for the win

It’s the last day of World Class in Rio.

Tim Philips is the talk of the comp, followed by a number of TV cameras that suggests presidential infidelity or allegations of doping.

He’s smashed out a series of amazing drinks over the course of the week. The Rum Cannonball pictured above in the Tiki Challenge, or the cricket ball leather smoked Affinity, or the frankly astounding Ressurection Flip.

It’s a long week, and the media schedule has taken it’s toll but he’s managed to stay focused and is putting in world class performances again and again.

https://twitter.com/WorldClassLive for up to the minute coverage of the final day, and the announcement later tonight.

Big thanks to Addie Chinn for this great photo too.

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Johnnie Walker, in the style of Bill Murray

Tim Philips entered the World Class Global finals in Rio yesterday with a bold splash.

There cannot have been many bartenders in this level of competition who would stand in front of Peter Dorelli and admit to having no idea about the drink he was about to make, and no conception of the flavours it would exhibit.

It was all an elaborate ruse however. Tim’s drink was an interactive experience, inspired by the chancy life of Bill Murray.

The judges rolled dice, picked a poker chip from a bag, and spun the key of fortune to discern their exact drink out of an astonishing 216 possible combinations offered up by six bitters, nine syrups and four infused ices.

The drink was stunning, the chat platinum. I believe that is what you call a good start.

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This guy is World Class. Again.

The results are in and once again Tim Philips has come out on the top of the pile in Diageo’s World Class competition.

He’s holding the beetroot he used to stain his Sesa-Who, Sesa-me Sour at Sokyo for the food pairing.

Big love to Angus Burton and Dr Phil, taking out second and third places respectively.

The quality was amazing this year and the drinks were tasty as anything.

More photos and stories to come.

 

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