Vasco. It was on the Saturday of Mardi Gras weekend, in Sydney. The streets were already getting filled with people and the partying had begun. "The Gypsy" a.k.a. Luke Ashton, knew Dr. Phil from The Roosevelt had sent me. I was greeted as if I was an old pal. I knew this was my kinda joint. Then I met Max Greco, the owner of this incredible rock n roll inspired bar/restaurant. These boys instantly took a shine to me and had me sample as much of their playlist (menu) as I could.
Eau-de-Vie, where he was their head bartender and one of the reasons it got slated as one of the "World's Best Bars." He opened Vasco toward the end of last year. You can tell, from his endearing smile, that he is having the time of his life. I looked around the bar, as I sipped on "Eagle Rock," the 1st cocktail Luke had me try on the Vasco Playlist. It was a great opening track with lairds applejack, punt e mes, dom Benedictine, fernet branca, angostura bitters.
Porteno. Vasco happens to be across the street a little ways down. I arrived first, and began with a Tequila Highball to get things started. Also, I got to catch up with my mate, Max. I had bumped into him, only the night before, at Eau De Vie, his old stomping grounds.
David Wondrich's recipe and make me an "el presidente." It called for Cointreau, noilly prat dry vermouth, house made grenadine and havana 3. It was very different. from the classic I drink, at Bar Agricole. But, equally as delicious. I had to remember the moment and the three of us posed for a pic. It was one of this year's greatest moments.