Writer, photographer, educator, explorer of places new, with a passion for adding fun back into life.
Published July 2nd 2016
Update March 20th 2018
This venue is permanently closed and no longer trading.
Great Place to Arrive after a Drive
What do a Tattoo Parlour, Vape Store and Lolly Shop have in common with a Café?
Come to 66 Espresso and find out. This is one head turning café! The front window may have been created by a bonsai garden fan. Taxidermy birds fly overhead. The timber cabinet to one side resembles an old fashioned lolly shop.
Menus are on the front counter, but the tables and chairs are all downstairs. Downstairs is divided into several sunken rooms. The moody lighting suggested a pool table would be over the next half wall, but each area contained individual and unusual seating. The ones made from tractor seats were quite appealing.
It is perhaps not the place to bring your grandmother, due the number of up and down stairs and prevalence of nudes watching from the walls; not to mention the tattoo parlour next door; but blokes will love the strong sense of masculine emitting from all the furnishings.
If you have been brought to 66 Espresso by your bloke, there are other interesting birds to look at. Majestic owls and Australian native birds, including two endangered species, feature in glass cases and bird cages.
Mason jar lights, iron gate tables, the crocheted rug from grandma's house - there is plenty to catch the eye while the coffee is being brewed.
The chosen winter drinks - mocha and hot chocolate - were warmly received and savoured. Little chocolate chip biscuits on the side lifted the happiness factor.
Our brunch of a 66 Squamlet Roll(No, I'm not explaining. Visit and find out for yourself.) and Hawaiian Doorstop were simple, tasty and filling. Other choices included Big Breakfast, BLT, Muffins, Wraps, Rolls, Croissants, Pancakes and Waffles.
While the clever discoverer of this quaint curiosity went to pay the bill, I followed another flight of internal stairs down to Frontyard Tattoo. Not to submit my skin as a canvas to one of the 10 full-time tattoo artists that work there, but to browse the Sullen Art Collective t-shirts.
Bypassing the upward flight of wooden stairs that lead to the creative business of Frontyard Tattoo, I returned to 66 Espresso counter. Here you can purchase e-cigarettes or old-fashioned lollies under the watchful gaze of several saucy ladies.
The Heritage building was built in 1855 by Dr G Bollen who operated as an undertaker and carpenter on these premises.
The current owner, Byron Drechsler, hand dug the underground eating area. He has united some of his favourite things in this quirky, nostalgic venue. Don't wait for your 66th espresso to visit. This café is a pipedream away from the mundane.