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Published December 16th 2012
A slice of the big apple right here in Brisbane
Another relatively new bar to the Valley is The Manhattan Club. Offering food, beer on tap, cocktails, as well as live music, I readily accepted a recent invitation from a friend to celebrate her exciting change of career.
I've had my eye on this place for a while now, and dropped in a couple of months ago, however it just wasn't my thing on the night, so I didn't stay long. I'm really glad I gave it a second chance though, because I had a great night. One menu item that I was keen to check out, was Storm in a Teacup, which is made of "Absolut Wild Tea, cloudy apple juice, cranberry juice, lime juice and ginger beer, garnished with citrus slices and served in a teapot for two." I've had teapots before, in Queenstown, New Zealand, and I reckon this offering takes the concept to the next level. Genuinely tasting like tea, one of the people in the party I was with advised me "drinking from ceramic can only be good for you". At $24, with three shots of vodka, it's not at all on the pricey side like I'd expected.
Perusing the rest of the cocktail menu was purely for research purposes after I had my first sip of Storm in a Teacup, but I was impressed by the offering of over twenty different cocktails, including a broad list of martinis and sours. Prices range from $14 to $18, which is not unreasonable at all. One member of my party had an espresso martini, which looked (and smelled) divine, and given it's one of my favourites, I'll be back for one another time.
The Manhattan Club has a mezzanine level which is normally part of the general dining area, but was reserved for a Christmas party, and I reckon it comfortably held about 30 people for their celebrations. The venue has regular live music, and we were entertained by Dizzy & Dave, who performed interpretations of covers, which seemed to be chart-toppers from triple j 1994-2000. This catered to an 25-40yo market, which meant I was singing along to almost every tune, making a fun night just that much more enjoyable. I'm keen to check out Wednesday night supper club, where patrons are entertained with live jazz.