Who knew the way down the rabbit hole to Wonderland was via a little bar on Northbourne Avenue. White Rabbit Cocktail Room takes a little inspiration from Alice in Wonderland to create a whimsical cocktail bar that is the right mix of quirky and classy. Keep an eye out for the bushy green hedge and you'll know you've found it.
The room is dimly lit with the bottles at the bar lit up in a golden hue and more bottles filling cabinets to the side, looking like little curio displays. It's half bar and half garden party; flowers sprout here and there and plenty of private corners for groups to claim. As you walk in, peer up to the ceiling where an LCD screen displays images of rolling clouds and an occasional rabbit peaking through - you're definitely down the rabbit hole.
The cocktail list features a range of house cocktails that are all suitably themed with names like The Caterpillar, Tweedle Rum, The Unicorn, Dead Rabbit, The Dodo, Wonderland and The Tea Party. The house cocktails are $20 each, but they're worth it. The Wonderland aims to bring back memories of iced vovos with fresh strawberries, Frangelico, white chocolate liqueur, lemon, cranberry juice and ginger beer. It even comes served with a mini cupcake. But if sweet isn't your flavour profile, try the Dead Rabbit instead - Bushmills 10yr whiskey with DOM Benedictine and a dash each of Angostura bitters and orange bitters. Of course, don't feel restricted by the menu. The bartenders are skilled and very knowledgeable; they can whip you up any drink you desire or come up with something to suit your tastes on the spot. There's a strong list of beers, ciders and wines as well.
Food is available as well. White Rabbit have a pastry chef on hand who whips up delicacies in the kitchen as well as advising on cocktails. Desserts take precedence on the menu. You can choose from things like doughnuts served with salted caramel and Sailor Jerry ice cream, or refreshing raspberry cupcakes with a lemon curd filling and white chocolate icing. For something savoury, there are charcuterie boards and cheese platters, but you can also pick between dishes such as pan-fried gnocchi or satay prawn skewers if you want something a bit more. Just make sure you save room for dessert.
If you're after an experience that offers more than just your standard drinks, there are a few options available. Every Saturday White Rabbit hosts Tipsy Tea, a high tea package that includes sweet and savoury nibbles accompanied by White Rabbit's signature cocktails and French sparkling. If Saturday's don't suit, then there's also their cocktail making class that can be booked any night for groups of more than 10. For a bigger party, the space can also be hired out for functions.
White Rabbit Cocktail Room is open Tuesday through to Saturday, with a more casual vibe throughout the week and resident DJs from 7pm Friday and Saturday. For more information get in contact through their website or head to their Facebook page.