It’s Friday night, part of your crew wants a casual night with a few drinks and a feed. The other is up for something with a bit more pizazz (read: a late one). It’s a bit of a conundrum, we’ll give you that.
In most cases, you inevitably split up into the night in your separate directions, but it doesn’t have to be as dramatic as all that. We’ve found just the spot that ticks all the boxes, no matter how long your group’s list of requirements.
In the heart of West End, local bar Archive and Loft has been pleasing locals for a while now. With its kooky West End charm and chilled out vibe, it’s everything you want in a local; cool as a cucumber, but loads of fun, relaxing, but bustling, and it serves up brilliant drinks, of course.
So no matter what you’re up for, here are a couple of scenarios to wrap your pretty heads around...
You’re In The Mood For Chilled Out Beers
If you’re after drinks with a super-relaxed atmos, Archive is your go-to. With 20 beers and local brews on tap, and a slew of decent drops, it’s a bar for all occasions (so it should be on your regs list). Pull up stumps in the vintage Chesterfields, and kick in to neutral, sessions here aren’t meant to be stressful.
Archive are infamous for their regular events; from trivia, to killer live music, to their epic Thursday ‘Wingman’ nights (a kilo of wings plus 2 Pacific Ales for $22—are they serious!?). They also have a cracking bistro menu for when a case of the hangries kicks in.
You’re After Classy Cocktails With Views
Venture upstairs from the relaxed beer boutique, and Archive has converted its second floor into beautiful little bar, Loft, perfect for sipping on something a bit fancy (or celebrating something special). Claim your space on the terraced deck, and watch the world go by.
You’ll still have local brews on tap upstairs (this is the home of local craft beer, folks), but the wine and cocktail menus at Loft are a cleverly edited ode to the hard stuff.
So no matter if you want a night on the town, or, you and your besties are after a few drinks and a bloody good feed of an evening, Archive and Loft have both down pat (and can save your social life). Cheers to the weekend!
Image credit: Ariana Gillrie
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