A COOL PLACE BAR NONE

WITH ITS UNIQUE COURT­YARD SET­TING, CREATIVE DRINKS LIST AND SCRUMP­TIOUS GRAZ­ING BOARDS, THE CON­SER­VA­TORY BAR AT­TRACTS A CROWD, WHAT­EVER THE OC­CA­SION

The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Front Page -

It had been a long week and a par­tic­u­larly tough Fri­day. The kind that will have you ei­ther holed up and hi­ber­nat­ing un­til rough seas sub­side, or go­ing out on the tiles. Just a dash too tired for painting the town a vivid shade of red, we’re try­ing for an un­der­stated warm pink, or per­haps a ma­ture ma­roon, all things con­sid­ered.

In any case we want a drink and a damn good one. Oh, and bet­ter throw some de­cent nosh in with that.

One spot you are guar­an­teed of both, plus the bonus of a cosy, jovial at­mos­phere is The Con­ser­va­tory Bar.

Mo­ments af­ter set­tling into our ta­ble for two in a dark­ened nook along the out­door path­way, a cool glass of Pewsey Vale Ries­ling in hand, some laid-back groove play­ing in the back­ground, the in­ter­mit­tent un­ob­tru­sive hoot of laugh­ter from in­side and all the ten­sion from the day is re­placed with utter sat­is­fac­tion.

Then, just as life couldn’t get much bet­ter, along comes our graz­ing board.

We have se­lected buf­falo feta mar­i­nated in gar­lic and olive oil, black truf­fle salami and grilled roasted veg­eta­bles.

It’s as­sem­bled on a wooden board with crusty baguette, grissini, crack­ers, olives and nuts, along with fresh and dried fruits. Just what the psy­chi­a­trist or­dered! Un­sure of what we’d be in for, we had agreed to stop­ping off on the way home for a quick bite if we were hun­gry.

No need, this tapas feast is plenty for two peo­ple to while away a few hours ex­plor­ing the far-reach­ing wine list.

We shut­tle across to South Africa for a lively Good Hope chenin blanc and back to WA for a glass of aro­matic West Cape Hope tem­pranillo, all the while re­lax­ing fur­ther into the ami­able vibe.

This is a set­ting which works in var­i­ous ways. It could just as eas­ily make for the per­fect ro­man­tic in­ter­lude as it could a ri­otous get­to­gether. There are enough quiet can­dlelit cor­ners for con­ver­sa­tions, yet the in­te­rior takes on a jolly din­ner party am­bi­ence. Live mu­si­cians are booked from time to time, but it’s just as ebul­lient with­out.

On the cusp of chang­ing hands, we are told by one of the cur­rent own­ers, the new boss in their em­ploy, doesn’t in­tend chang­ing much with their win­ning for­mula.

Ver­dict: Adults’ favourite.

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