The Colonist Tavern is a very relaxed, chilled zone for people from all walks of life. They have an outdoor and indoor seating area, so it's well-catered to your drinking needs no matter what the weather.
Upon walking up to the bar we were greeted by one of the friendly bartenders at the Colonist. She was kind enough to recommend what was selling like hotcakes from their cocktail menu. On first glance I didn't think of the cocktail menu being extensive enough, but upon further inspection, I was pleased with the choices. The menu had a variety of options and had blends of different types of alcohol (rum, gin, tequila, vodka) in interesting combinations.
Drinking with a friend
What instantly caught my eye, however, was the Peached As cocktail ($14), a delightful blend of passion fruit, pineapple juice, peach schnapps and my favourite form of alcohol - rum. This was the true winner, and I loved this choice to my heart's content. Having it served in an old-school jar stein was like icing on a chocolate cake! This drink was very refreshing and had the perfect combination of fruit and alcohol content.
The Colonist Tavern resembles an English pub back in the 1900s - there is art everywhere, there are people everywhere, there are frothies being enjoyed by all in this wonderful setting. Be sure to check out their exquisite art that is panelled across the ceilings, walls and even on the bathroom doors (as pictured below). They are simply splendid to look at.
Art on the bathroom door
My friend opted for the Blood Orange Margarita ($15) and I was able to get a little sip out of it. Definitely a pretty strong choice, but a satisfying one nonetheless. This drink is a combination of Jose Cuervo, Grand Marnier, lime and orange juice garnished with a slice of orange. It tastes divine and is a perfect way to celebrate the end of a (very) long day in the 'real world'.
I couldn't help but resist trying out the Original Daiquiri ($15), but I wasn't sure if I'd like it without it having a tinge of strawberry. The bartenders were lovely enough to customize my drink, which resulted in this classic beauty of a drink, a Strawberry Daiquiri. A true classic, this drink consists of Bacardi rum shaken with fresh lime juice, ice and castor sugar. Served in a martini glass, this drink was the perfect one to have to end a great evening in the company of great friends and staff.
Our drinks didn't take too long to get served to us so while the bartenders were making our delicious poisons, my friend and I seated ourselves in the area that was earlier a gaming zone. It was quiet, the ambience was calming and we were able to socialize well without screaming at the top of our lungs in a loud, noisy environment. We were able to truly have a 'quiet drinks' type of evening and it turned out to be quite a fun evening.
Overall, I absolutely loved my first experience at the Colonist and would definitely recommend anyone to make the most of their time in Norwood by stopping there for a drink or three. Being a big fan of art and vintage architecture, I basically fell in love with this place. The staff are very friendly and helpful as well, so you know you're in good hands. Seeing how I live right around the corner for them, I will be frequenting this place often.