If you needed further proof that Palm Beach is officially one of the Coast’s coolest burbs, then this is it. Nestled on the Gold Coast Highway, next to Little Maisy and a few steps away from Hachi, is Suga, a new plantation-style rum bar that is the perfect anecdote to a long winter’s night.
While the star of the show here has to be the incredible cocktails and impressive spirit collection, we need to take a moment to appreciate Suga’s achingly cool fit-out. The intimate space has been carefully renovated, oozing a sleek speakeasy vibe that transports you to the rum bars of New Orleans.
You’ll find chocolate brown leather booths, touches of brass, copper and forest green, with quirky palm leaf wall paper. There’s also a sexy marble bar, just begging you to pull up a stool for the night, while a piano sits in the corner with guest artists crooning into the wee hours.
Now onto the main event here, the spirits. Boasting a huge array of tipples, including local brews like Brookie’s and Husk Distillery, head mixologist Lincoln Grant (previously of The Island and Loose Moose) is making serious magic. We’re talking fire-breathing magic.
The curated cocktail list includes eclectic cocktails like the Doctor Bird, a refreshing concoction of Teelings, Campari, pineapple, lime and jerk bitters. We also loved the Gold Finch (plantation pineapple, Brookie’s Mac, Marionette apricot brandy with plum bitters) and the Sparrow Hawk (Sailor Jerry, Flor De Cana coffee liqueur, Little Dripper cold drip coffee and agave foam).
But if you only order one, it has to be their signature Shiny-Eye Zombie. Made with a heady mix of 23rd St brandy, plantation overproof, coruba, grapefruit, pineapple, falernum and absinth. The tasty tipple is topped with pineapple leaves and passionfruit before being set alight. And if you're lucky, Grant might even blow some fire himself. Drink with a show? We think so.
There’s also a bunch of well-known classics on offer including an Old Fashioned, Negroni and Manhattan to name a few. Beer lovers will certainly appreciate the exciting mix of local brews from Black Hops, Balter, Burleigh Brewing, Stone & Wood and Currumbin Valley Brewing.
Food-wise, the gang are in talks to organise local food trucks to keep your hunger at bay while you sample their amazing sips. When we know, you’ll know. Until then, welcome to the neighbourhood Suga.
Suga is open Thursday to Monday from 5pm until late.
Image Credit: Kaitlin Maree Photography for Urban List