Sydney’s nightlife got a fun injection with an Enmore bar channelling Twin Peaks, from the people who brought you Earl’s Juke Joint
A SWIFT ANTIDOTE to every serious wine bar and tonic water menu was delivered last year in the form of Jacoby’s, an Inner West tiki bar decked out in glowing fishing floats, dried puffer fish and banana palm wallpaper. They’re sporting some of the city’s most ridiculous cocktails, and a whole lot of Twin Peaks references for diehard fans. We’re not kidding about those cocktails. If you order a Shark Bait, you better strap in for a big, white plastic shell full of crushed ice at sea in a mix of rums, Yellow Chartreuse, absinthe and bitters, with that age-old tropical medley of lime juice, falernum and grenadine. And did we mention that it’s on fire? But all the lychee foam, lurid blue liqueurs and impressive Tiki mugs are just tinsel. This bar is built on the back of a killer team. Pasan Wijesena, Adrian Sanchez and James Fury came over from Earl’s Juke Joint, and then recruited a new generation of bartenders to join the fray. It’s a motley crew who will remember your name while still shaking up a perfect Daiquiri. Of course, if you’re all limed out (it happens to even the most devoted tiki enthusiast), ask them to stir down a riff on a Negroni that pairs rum and red vermouth and Campari that has been infused with cacao to smooth off the bitter edges. It’s very easy to have a good time here, and even easier to leave them in possession of all your money, because with a smashable wine list that leans natural you won’t be able to stop at just one glass. And neither can anyone else, which is why the whole bar will end up singing along to George Michael’s ‘Faith’ or going all hair metal on ‘Killing in the Name of’. You might not have realised you were going to a party on your way in through the red velvet drapes, but once you’re inside this tropical cabana, you won’t want to leave. 154 Enmore Rd, Enmore 2042. Sun-Thu 5pm-midnight; Fri, Sat 5pm-1am.