Top Asia Pacific bars to visit in 2018

15th November, 2017 by admin

Above Board – Melbourne, Australia

It’s slightly odd to walk into a bar with, well, no back bar. But that’s exactly what you find at Melbourne’s Above Board. Co­-owner Hayden Lambert is the creative force behind this minimalist, elegant set­-up. He’s plied his trade across the globe, most notably at Belfast’s award-winning Merchant Hotel, and with Above Board he’s put his own spin on the classic cocktail bar.

For one, you won’t find brands here: all spirits and ingredients are decanted into clear bottles. The position of the bar is fairly unique, too. It sits in the middle of the room, so you can take a seat behind Lambert as he opens various draws and compartments to create his perfectly executed drinks.

Working a bar solo like this isn’t easy, and keeping everyone in a convivial mood while doing so takes serious skill. Fortunately, Lambert has plenty of that.

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