Before you start confusing our kind of liquid lunch with violently green smoothies or cauliflower soup, let us clear up any lingering doubts – we’re talking about booze. No blended spinach, chia seed crumble or LSA mix is going to cross our lips after December 1, because as far as we’re concerned, ‘tis the season for drinking and making merry – January is soon enough for anything green.
Whether it’s with mates or dates, on a steamy Sunday or a sneaky Monday, we’ve found the best spots to declare you’re checking out for the rest of the day and having yourself a liquid lunch.
There’s no loaded fries or buffalo wings to distract you from the real attraction at The Gresham – their epic wall of whiskeys, which take up an entire page of their bar menu. You can attempt to navigate it yourself or ask for a recommendation from the bartender – our tip is to ask for one of their specialty cocktails. It counts as solids if there’s fruit in there, right? If not, Red Hook is always right next door if you need some deep fried carbs between pours.
We’d be happy with a meal comprised of nothing but Bar Alto’s zucchini fritters any day, but turn them into a boozy lunch with a few courses of sparkling, rosé, and an espresso martini to finish and we’ll happily extend our lunch hour (right up until dinner if needs be). Lucky the venue is open until late – our midday bookings usually manages to turn into a liquid dinner.
The Apo | Fortitude Valley
With cocktails like the Endless Summer with vodka, watermelon, rosé grenadine, citrus and pineapple, and the rhubarb and vanilla Negroni to drink, who even needs food? Although, if you do find yourself in need of sustenance while you make friends with the bartenders, there’s nothing like The Apo’s fried chicken with pumpkin yoghurt to keep your protein levels up.
Words by Ranyhyn Akui