Yard Sale Bar
Yard Sale is a 1970s-themed cocktail bar with a rooftop patio and a twist: one free snack with every drink purchased.
And they’re nothing to sneeze at, either: a weekly changing menu of nicely presented small plates is internationally-inspired.
The name mostly seems to allude to the decor, sourced from estate sales, flea markets and yard sales. A lower floor has a vinyl bar and a mural by a local graffiti artist.
Of course, you should probably order a drink to get started trying some snacks, though it’s not necessary to consume alcohol: there’s also a thoughtful list of non-alcoholic “Free Spirits.”
We start with the Sukeban ($15), a cocktail of Toki Japanese whiskey, sweet vermouth, plum wine, kirsch, Shaman liqueur and angostura and lime bitters serve in corked vessel with hickory smoke.
Shake the cocktail in the vessel to the desired degree of smokiness, then pour yourself for a boozy-but-smooth drink that goes well with bold flavours.
Pair with beef bulgogi bao bites, kind of like bao crostini, toasted bao topped with a hearty little chunk of beef, onion and a slice of chili.
To try another snack, we go for a Lemon Meringue Sour ($14), the effect of a lemon meringue pie achieved by topping a lemon juice and cane syrup mixture with egg white that gets toasted with lapsong leaves on top.
A strong smoky undertone comes from Agua Santa mezcal, strong lapsong tea and Boker’s bitters.
With this one, we get Korean fried chicken roulade, a tightly packed roulade of chicken breaded and deep fried, served with a dipping sauce with flavours of ginger and sesame.
Next up, we have the Blonde & Stormy ($13) inspired more by Stormy Daniels than a Dark & Stormy. Kinsip Whisper vodka, passion fruit juice, lime juice, vanilla, and simple syrup are topped with an egg white cap and an edible flower for a warmly sweet soothing cocktail.
Fish cakes are spongy and traditional-feeling, served with a nutty fish sauce dip.
The Age of Aquarius ($14) from the “Throwback” section of the cocktail list imitates a Blue Hawaii by combining cachaca, aquavit, blue curacao, lime juice, pineapple juice, cane syrup, orange and coconut, garnished with blue cornflower and a shark gummy.
A spicy eggplant and zucchini salad with peanuts and topped with crisp tomato is the most addictive option for me.
Texas caviar is kind of like a dry salsa of corn, beans and tomato, served with house chips.
An upper floor is designed to look like a retro hangout, complete with bean bag chairs, board games and lava lamps. This level also features the 30-seat rooftop patio.