Though we haven’t been yet, word on the street is that the best place to get chicken in town is Bird and Beast, a new restaurant in Central Arcade. We did, however, go to check out the even newer Bird and Beats (see what they did there?), its companion bar.
Walking in I was struck by the stylish minimalism of the place. Large dark green banquettes match the dark green walls and there are a few art deco tables sprinkled throughout. The low lighting (complete with fake candles!) and relaxed atmosphere would make it a good place for a second date, or a first date that’s going well.
Though it’s not described as a speakeasy, it’s got a definite speakeasy feel, and the fact that the entrance is a little tricky to find helps with that. (The entrance is on Central Road — turn left at the top of the stairs.)
The choice of beers was not bad for a place that specializes in cocktails. They have their own craft lager on tap, plus a Marston’s Rye, Shipyard, and New World ale. In bottles you’ll find Tsingtao and Moretti.
There is a DJ booth but no dance floor, so the beats just add to the cool vibe, which they’ve achieved quite well. There’s a pleasant view of Duncan Street from the first floor windows and it was quiet-ish on the Friday evening when we went, though we suspect that will change as it becomes more well-known.
So while the beer is not special enough to bring us here from very far afield, we certainly would enjoy a drink in here again, perhaps on our way to try the legendary Bird.