On a beautiful, summer evening I strode into Plus 5 bar where I was warmly greeted by the floor manager, Erin. The bar has been recently acquired and is undergoing the process of complete transformation into a trendy cocktail bar. As I was snugly seated, I found myself sitting right across from the well-stocked, impressive bar. Behind me was a tiled wall with a giant number 5 drawn in the middle. On my right I found an outside seating area which boasts excellent views of the Yarra river and city skyscrapers. A bar with a great view!
Erin brought me the tapas menu and the cocktails menu. With 25 cocktails to choose from, making a selection of cocktails was nothing short of a huge dilemma. But Alessando, venue manager, and Erin come to my rescue with their elaborate recommendations. Emboldened by their recommendations I placed my order for a wide array of cocktails and tapas.
Nice music played in the background as I soaked up the low-key atmosphere and my first cocktail appeared with a flourish on my table. The Rose Petal Martini was a delightful concoction of vodka, lychee syrup and cranberry which was elegantly served with a rose petal. This feminine drink was smooth and delicious.
The Lipstick Rose cocktail was a nice combination of champagne and grapefruit essence. My friend commented that the citrus flavour cuts through the sweetness of the champagne rendering it a pleasant drink.
Next, I turned my mind to the Banzai Mule which was made from Havana rum, fresh pineapple juice, lime and ginger beer. Served long with crushed ice and a slice of pineapple, this was a deliciously refreshing drink which balanced the sweet and sour flavours beautifully.
While the above drinks impressed me, the Gonzales swept me off my feet. Tequila, honey-water and caramel formed the essential ingredients. As my tastebuds revelled in the delicious tequila flavour, it experienced that the sweetness of the caramel only elevated the taste even further.
Later, I sampled the Aviation cocktail which was served in a martini glass. Gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur and violet syrup were blended together to create this delicious cocktail. Slightly tangy, this drink revived and refreshed.
The Shredded Confit Duck was served with goats cheese, pomegranate and citrus salad. The duck was tender and refreshingly chilled and in conjunction with the lovely salad made a flavoursome tapas choice.
The Salmon pizza certainly deserves a glorifying mention. Cooked in a wood-fired oven, the pizza had the toppings of smoked salmon, dill, caper, crème fraiche and lemon. A delectable dish, this pizza is made to share but you may find yourself refusing to share it with anyone.
Erin came for a chitchat and shared the inspirations and aspiration for Plus 5 bar. She conveyed that the outside sitting area will be transformed into a deck adding splashes of colour to make the bar more cheerful. Transformation is underway and should be completed in the next few months. Erin expressed that the bar is open from 12 pm everyday of the week. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, the bar closes at 11pm. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the bar shuts at 12pm.
Erin making the Banzai Mule cocktail at Plus 5 Bar
I learnt that the cocktails are usually $18 each. But the presence of the happy hour from 4pm to 7pm everyday, ensures that you can enjoy the delightful cocktails at $10 each during the happy hour. The bar also does catering for 10 or more people.
Wonderful cocktails, yummy tapas, affordable prices, friendly staff, prime location and excellent views make Plus 5 bar a desirable hangout destination for chilling with family, friends and colleagues while savouring tasty tapas and quenching thirst with delectable cocktails.