The downstairs bar of Seamstress has opened, but not officially. It will be called Sweatshop, as that is was the function of the space in a past life. The staff and bar manager ply me with liquor on Friday night, coaxing me with more and more shots and a sample of their new cocktails.
Apparently their alcoholic spider is a hit, but it is not for me. $14
I try a few of their punches, and they're good if you're looking for something sweet. $45 a flask
The Dictators Fix is chosen through a flip of a coin, also too sweet for my liking, but is very alcaholic. $16
What really got me is their Bloody Maria, $16, which is their version of a Bloody Mary, made with a tequila and their own tomato juice. A lot lighter than the average. Then, the traditional horseradish and wochester sauce is substituted with their nam jim, which gives it that extra kick. It is also pleasantly garlicy and I stick on these for most of the night, till the staff and I cab it to Black Pearl before we finish up in a pure morning.
Without having to say it, I have my fill of Hendricks and tonic $11.
All I can do, is say, check it out before the opening. The atmosphere is a hell of a lot nicer.
Sweatshop; basement 113 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, 3000.