The Lobo Plantation, oh how ever so conveniently you're located in the city. The basement at 209 Clarence Street. Great Gatsby, old school elegant gold when you come here at the right time, and recently opened too. I mean, this swanky, upmarket bar is right near Town Hall Station, and only a blocks walk away to Darling Harbour. Perfect on a Saturday night. Yes indeed, come here with a friend (at least) from 6pm, and you might just be in the mood for a cocktail (seriously, you have to try them) before venturing on into the darlings nightlife, where anything from street theatre, fast food, and the casino could take your fancy. Working tomorrow? No problem. As another Lobo Plantation, and Sydney cocktail freak said in response to an early start: "That's tomorrow's problem." Maybe...just maybe getting stung by yet another bee had helped yours truly sell a few copies of her newly published book already.
Down the basement of joy
Oops, sorry I'm digressing. Then again, when you're present and in the mood for a great night out (ladies, dresses are essential, and guys, shirts and trousers please), tomorrow is really a case of "that's tomorrow's problem." Love that wisdom bestowed as a bonus.
Old school decor
The Queen Bee ($17) is a honey and lemony vodka style cocktail concoction that purports that alcoholic hint where you're satisfied, home and hosed one drink later without losing your sanity, or alertness for that matter. Old school English ambience, and the bar staff (or rather mixologists) are ever so laid back. Who cares if you're served by someone who has one or four uni degrees, yet an element of mathematics had to come into play, although they have overkilled that probability with the ice. Shame, way too much ice.
Meet me at the slow paced bar
The bar man who served me politely apologised to me for being "so rude" for not serving me sooner. I mean, a Saturday night, whether you have to work the next day or not, you don't care one bit...not for a second.
Have a great time now
It struck a creative chord in whoever decided to plant a Lobo in Sydney so to speak. Yes indeed, a tribute to Julio Lobo, a famous Cuban sugar trader. Speaking of which, this bar has a Mexican vibe to it. Before you order a cocktail, don't dive in. Good things do (indeed) happen to those who wait, as opposed to getting way too soon. Read all menus, and you'll feel educated, and more likely to pick the right drink, whether you get stung by a bee or not. Amen to a new cocktail joint. Perhaps amen to some Sydney bee stings popping about, whether from pots of jam, or elegant glasses on the flip side.
Near where one sat. So old school homely.
Get stung Sydney
Where: The Lobo Plantation, basement level - 209 Clarence Street Sydney.
Why: Cocktails and old school ambience with old fashioned service, whatever that really means.
Cost: $17 per cocktail. Well, this was one $17 bee sting for me, for the Queen Bee.
When: Saturday night before 7pm, a must.
Good for kids: No way.
Take away: Deja vu to the above.