If you’re a Ponsonby local or just enjoy a drink along the strip now and again, you’re no doubt familiar with The Whiskey. And now, causing a stir in the neighbourhood is the arrival of its younger sibling right next door—Win-Win!
This up-and-coming gem is bringing the bright lights of Vegas to Ponsonby, with its fun retro cocktail bar vibe.
Win-Win has a concise but expertly crafted cocktail menu that will evolve regularly. It currently includes the Smoke & Mirrors—a refreshing and smoky blend of Gracias a Dios mezcal shaken with fresh watermelon, lime juice and Maraschino liqueur; and The Perfumer—a luxurious and alluring combination of Jose Cuervo Gran Centenario, infused with white chilli truffle tea, fresh lemon, sugar, balsamic vinegar and orange blossom water.
A marriage of fruit and spice, the Shot Gun Sipper features Bulleit bourbon stirred over ice with peach liqueur, angostura and habanero bitters. A long citrus drink to quench your thirst, Lemon Mirage marries Bacardi Carta Blanca, limoncello, fresh lemon juice and house-made orange-ginger syrup. And Win-Win’s Players Punch, with a refreshing zombie twist, features Bacardi Ocho shaken with mango, orange, coca leaf liqueur and absinthe.
If cocktails aren’t your thing, never fear because the wine list features some unique offerings and there’s plenty to satisfy the beer drinkers among us too.
Once thirsts are sated, guests can snack on buttery popcorn and jelly bites made by experimental jellyologist Jessica Mantis—our favourite is the espresso martini. If you’re after something a little more substantial, there are also arancini balls, potato croquettes or stuffed mushrooms on hand from Ponsonby’s Il Buco.
And, when the sun goes down, a mix of funk, boogie and retro disco and pop provides the perfect soundtrack for an unforgettable night… Let the good times roll!
Image credit: Lauren Matilda-Matthews