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The Colonist Tavern

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by Tema (subscribe)
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Published January 27th 2014
Relax and unwind at the pub with picturesque art
Living around the corner from this vintage-looking pub for almost six months, I finally caved and asked for my friend to come along and check out the Colonist with me on a busy Wednesday night.

What followed was a pleasant, eventful evening.

Walking into the Colonist made me feel like I had walked into the past. Tt was refreshing, eye-opening and simply magical. But my words don't do justice - you just need to check it out for yourself.

The Colonist Tavern

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.

Decor of the pub (main indoor seating area)

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.

Peached As cocktail - $15

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'.

Cocktails at the Colonist

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.

Strawberry Daiquiri (made to order)

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.

Exquisite selection of frothies

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.

Wall art by our seating area
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Why? Friendly bartenders, exceptional service, vintage art
When: Daily from 11am-11pm
Phone: 08 8362 3736
Where: The Parade, Norwood
Cost: $$
Your Comment
Nice, wish my local was interesting to look at as yours!
by Hayley (score: 3|1016) 2123 days ago
Thanks Xarah, I will take a look here
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11266) 2123 days ago
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