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Published January 2nd 2015
If you haven't yet heard about the new bar making waves in Canberra, please, allow me to introduce you...
Like her namesake, this little establishment likes to maintain an air of mystery. She is seductive and sultry, but don't let that fool you...the girl's got plenty of attitude. Molly is everything you would expect of a genuine speakeasy.
Speakeasies came to prominence during the prohibition era (1920 to around 1933). During this time, the sale and manufacture of alcoholic beverages was illegal. Speakeasies largely disappeared after Prohibition ended in 1933, but the term is still used today to refer to bars of that type and in fact this style of bar has become very popular in recent years.
Once you actually find the entrance to the bar in Hobart Place, you head down a flight of stairs and open the door to the 1920s. Everything is as authentic as possible so as to add to the charm that makes this place different from just about everywhere else in Canberra. The bar tenders are even what you would imagine them to be in that they're familiar, a little cheeky, and want to have as much fun as you do.
The drinks are definitely noteworthy. The wall of spirits are of a high quality and the cocktail list is killer – especially the New York Sour which wasn't actually on the list but was put together after I was asked what I like to drink. They even have a vault for members to store their own spirits in!
Simply grab some friends and sneak down to visit Molly... you won't regret it.