Cock­tail Cor­ner

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODDRINKING -

Bar: Pro­hi­bi­tion Bar at The House of Ma­chines Ad­dress: 84 Short­mar­ket Street Con­tact: 021 426 1400 Cock­tail: Dark and Stormy Price: R50 In­gre­di­ents: Mount Gay dark rum, gin­ger beer, lime juice TOP SPIR­ITS over fancy drinks is the name of the game at the Pro­hi­bi­tion Bar. True to its name, the lim­ited open­ing bar at the biker-themed es­tab­lish­ment of­fers a sim­ple se­lec­tion of drinks, made from pre­mium im­ported liquor.

Bar man­ager Johnny Ca­banagh makes the Dark and Stormy by plac­ing ice in a jam jar, then adding freshly squeezed lime, Mount Gay dark rum and a top­ping of gin­ger beer.

The rum is im­ported from the West Indies, where it is pro­duced in a dis­tillery in Bar­ba­dos.

It has a sweet wooded taste and seems un­spiced. It mixes with the rest of the Dark and Stormy to make a sweet, fizzy drink with good gin­ger flavour. The drink would be ap­pre­ci­ated by those who pre­fer their liquor a lit­tle more straight up.

Owner Brad Armitage says the bar is a mod­ern take on the Pro­hi­bi­tion theme. He says the drinks on of­fer are the sort your grand­fa­ther would have had.

Ex­posed beams, old brick walls and a rock mu­sic sound­track add to the nos­tal­gic theme.

There is no smok­ing, so smoke be­fore or af­ter you go to the bar.

The bar uses the new SnapS­can app, al­low­ing you to make pay­ments us­ing a smart­phone.

The Pro­hi­bi­tion Bar at House of Ma­chines is only open on Thurs­days and Fri­days from 5pm. Twit­ter:@WendylMartin

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