A Sydney based writer, director, actor. Loves going out and exploring what Sydney has to offer.
Published April 5th 2013
Enjoy quality drinks and canapes for $15 at Ananas Bar
Throughout the Autumn months French bar and brasserie Ananas is running 'Cinq à Sept', a specialised version of a 'Happy Hour'. 'Cinq à Sept' translates as '5 to 7', and during this period on Wednesday evenings patrons can enjoy champagne, cocktails and delicious canapés for $15 a pop.
Picked from the selection of high quality champagnes, the Marc 'Initiale' Brut, Fleury-la-Riviere is smooth and subtle. It's hard to go past one of the bar's signature cocktails, such as the Absolute Ananas. A mix of vodka and a strong dose of pineapple juice, the Absolute Ananas is not nearly as tart as one would expect, instead it's sweet, with a beautiful hint of chilli that lingers after you've taken a sip.
Better yet, ask mixologist Sean Duncan to devise your own special concoction. Duncan's knowledge of cocktails expands wide and far, equipping him with the tools to prepare the perfect cocktail for any taste. We were treated to a sharp, delicious mixture of dry whiskey, with orange peel that warmed the soul.
The canapés maintain the French theme and are delicious; their only drawback being that they leave you wanting more. The offerings draw on traditional - and rich - French flavours such as rabbit, mushrooms and pastry.
Tantalisingly set in the corner of Ananas is the 'Oyster Bar'. Here, one can order oysters shucked to order or the piece de resistance, a 'plateau de fruits de mer' featuring an array of fresh seafood.
The term 'Cinq à Sept' was once used in France to refer to the time when, having finished work for the day, one would visit their mistress. Upon entering Ananas, one can almost imagine carrying out an illicit love affair in its lush surroundings. Based on a philosophy of hospitality and warmth, the bar exudes a stylish, yet welcoming, elegance of 1920s chic. Elements of the decor are playfully modelled on a pineapple, the translation for 'ananas'.
The staff, many of whom are French, are attentive and friendly. Unlike many bars in Sydney, the music is thankfully set at a moderate volume and features a number of French artists, such as Caravan Palace.
Those who find it hard to pull themselves away from Ananas's charm at 7pm can move to the dining area for a taste of modern French cuisine.