We've been to a lot of bars in our day, as I'm sure most Millennials can also attest. And while some are far, far better than others, the argument of which one, exactly, is the absolute best has long been a world-wide argument — until now.
Melbourne's family-owned Black Pearl has been awarded the title of 'best international cocktail bar' at the prestigious Spirited Awards in New Orleans. Situated in Fitzroy, the bar describes itself as being "at the forefront of customer service and cocktail innovation, becoming an icon of the Australian bar scene." Of course, they also note that "there’s nothing wrong with a good ol' homemade sausage roll!" on their website.
As for the coveted award, cocktail quality, atmosphere, and bar team talent is all judged, with criteria stating that the trophy “recognises the international bar that has set the highest of standards and influenced cocktail trends, on a global level, over the past year.” To that, the Black Pearl says that they have been "a breeding ground for the country’s best bartenders, showing you don’t have to take yourself seriously to create seriously good drinks. "
Should you find yourself at the Black Pearl any time soon, you can toast to the bar's success over drinks like the 'Harajuku Highball' with Japanese whiskey, pandan, suze, and spritz; 'The Intern' with Don Julio, cherry port, grapefruit, falernum, and prosecco; or the 'Javier Wallbuilder' with vodka, improved orange juice, sherry, and 'sweet' potato. Just don't forget to try one of those sausage rolls, too.