Slinging the Blues

Last week we were invited to a special tasting curated by Time Out Sydney, to celebrate World Cocktail Week 2013. This year marks the first year of the soon to be annual festival, established to “promote a better appreciation for the fine art of the cocktail”.
Singing The Blues was a musical journey through history, combined with flavours to match and The Commons presented as the perfect venue for the night. The building itself generates an atmosphere that transports you to another time, it’s a 162 year old cottage that used to belong to the first farmer in Australia as part of the Riley and formerly Palmer Estate. The Downtown Bar, where the evening was held, used to be the old servants quarters. Surrounded by sandstone and dark-wood, candles and leather bound book collections it is quite honestly a beautiful place to sit and drink. A subtle touch that we personally loved were a set of ornate brass hooks located sporadically around the room to hang up our coats. Hosting a slue of weekly blues and jazz evenings The Commons has developed their clientele through word of mouth, eventually landing them the title of Sydney’s best small bar in 2011.
The cocktails were inspired particular songs from New Orleans, Chicago and East Coast and the service was tailored around the bands setlist. As the certain songs began play, we were served with these inspired flavours… a really interesting concept. Crossroad included honeycomb infused Bulleit Rye, Demerara Syrup, Peychaud’s bitters and pressed apple juice served with a shrimp cocktail. A really nice, fresh way to start the evening. Statesbro Blues was my favourite cocktail of the night. Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Caprano Antica Formula Vermouth, Cherry Shrubb, Amber Picon, served in a tall glass with a stick of cinnamon, accompanied by a hot dog slider. Finally, Eyesight To The Blind was made up of Bulleit Bourbon, shaken with Calvados and cinnamon cordial, served with a poached apple doughnut. The perfect sweet ending to the night.
The Commons have a great list of cocktails and locally brewed beers and they’ve captured a timeless vibe by embracing an era from the past. It is something you really must experience for yourself.
For details on their weekly blues and jazz nights check out

The Commons, 32 Burton St, Darlinghurst.
World Cocktail Week
6th – 20th May

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