The Essence: A new rum-focused bar drops anchor in St Kilda.
The Facts: It’s that time of year again; the days are getting longer, the beach is beginning to beckon and lazy afternoons spent sipping liquid refreshments are definitely on the cards. Luckily, Acland Street’s newest watering hole is the ideal place to put this last plan into practice, serving up a hefty, yet well-thought-out rum selection and a relaxed, summertime vibe from its beach-side digs.
With a huge painted octopus and a bar featuring recycled pier wood, it’s a nautical themed affair, named after certain stories of Lord Nelson being embalmed in a barrel of rum on his final, homeward journey.
The situation here, though, is much less bleak; the rum list is a labour of love, with over 35 styles on offer, sourced from around the world and our own backyard. Alternatively, there’s a well-rounded wine list boasting plenty of local representation, four beer taps pouring brews by Stone and Wood, Feral and Colonial, plus all the fixings for a decent Sunday arvo cocktail session. Team your tipple of choice with something from the share-friendly menu, which starts small (perhaps Southern-style wings or sticky pork ribs) and works its way up to big-ticket dishes like a mixed seafood paella or marinated whole fish.
The Find: If you’re there for the rum, keep an eye out for the house-infused variations as they pop up in some unique cocktails, like the Nelson Mojito, featuring fresh lime, mint and white pepper.