Watching the slick gentlemen bartenders perform their perfectly choreographed craft is almost as impressive as the concoctions they serve up. President of the Australian Bartenders Guild Ben Davidson has called the Black Pearl a nursery for the city’s best bartenders, but the awards the bar collects year after year indicate there’s nothing unpractised about it. Perhaps he meant it’s a cradle of innovation.
Black Pearl looks like your average, unassuming bar, decked out in comfy couches and low tables. In fact, some might think it a little too tame to compete with the glut of offerings on Brunswick Street.
But that’s before you open the cocktail list. The espresso martini is a stand-out. But to pass up some of the more daring creations would be a crime. The much-lauded Green Apple Spring blends Granny Smith apple juice with vodka. After two of these you’ll melt into the velvety couches and stop wondering why everything is so brown.
It’s open seven days a week until 3am, so there’s plenty of time to get to know each and every creation on the cocktail list.
304 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
(03) 9417 0455