Food & Drink

This Melbourne Bar Is Letting You Pay Your Drinks Forward

By James Shackell - 25 Aug 2017


Just when you think there’s no hope for humanity and we should all go live up a tree, something like this happens.

Bar Americano in the CBD are offering patrons the chance to ‘pay forward’ their drinks; basically reserving a free drink for a total stranger. That stranger will walk into the bar, sit down, and—hey presto—there’ll be a free espresso waiting for them. On the house. You can pay forward either a Coffee Supreme Espresso ($3), Amaro Americano ($7) or one of Bar Americano's signature negronis ($15).

Owner Matt Bax is calling it ‘Caffe Sospeso’ ('suspended coffee'). He came across the concept while travelling in Naples, where it's been a thing since WWII. Many Neapolitan cafes allow punters to buy and hold-over free drinks for future patrons, for no other reason that it’s fun to be nice to people. In recent times, STREAT has rolled out a similar policy, where you can reserve coffees for the homeless. 

Apparently Bar Americano customers are already getting in on the act, with many choosing to shout future strangers a drink. No pressure. You don’t HAVE to do it. It’s just a nice option, if you want to catapult some random happiness into the shadowy world we call The Future.

Somewhere Kevin Spacey is high-fiving the universe.

The Details

Where: Bar Americano, 20 Presgrave Place, CBD
When: Right now. The policy is ongoing.  
For more info, click here.

The good vibes must be paying off: Christy Tania just opened her new artisan ice-cream bar in Windsor. Talk about good karma. 

Image credit: Carmen Zammit

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