August 19, 2007
In need of a stiff cocktail? How about one made by staff who have been awarded time and time again for their cocktail making (and inventing) skills? Ginger is the place for you.
Bathed in soft orange (ginger) lights the bartenders swirl, shake, mix, and make-up various concoctions in view of the windows to Brunswick street and wide eyed drinkers inside. Behind the bar are several shelves lined with liqueur, which makes sense once you see the size of the menu. You can order at the bar, but it's mostly table service where, when you are first seated, you get a jug of water in a tequila bottle and a cocktail menu about 7 pages long. Settle in, because it's gonna take you at least ten minutes to ready through all the different drink descriptions.
Luckily they break the drinks up into sections so you can flick through to the area you think you might enjoy best. Since I'm a fan of creamy drinks the chocolate martinis and white chocolate brulee mixes usually top my list. However, fans of fruity drinks can find a range of temping combinations to satisfy their drinking desires. Most cocktails run between $15-$18 dollars. They also have a selection of beers and a range of wines by the bottle or the glass.
Ginger has two levels, with a function room (and toilets) upstairs. They do light snacks and sweets, but while the bar is open til 3am, the kitchen is not. Kitchen shuts around 10pm or 11pm.
Do note that these cocktails are STRONG and two will have you well into a start of a messy night. Some of the bartenders can cop an attitude but the ladies doing table service are lovely and well informed. So grab yourself a window front table to watch the hustle and bustle of a Saturday night on Brunswick Street, or sneak into a corner and forget the rest of the world exists.
From journal Exploring Melbourne