If you’re a fan of finding out what exists on the other side of doors like this, you’ll probably really enjoy sticking your head into The Wild Rover.
Officially a Whiskey Bar, the somewhat aesthetically conflicted interior combines zoological images with exposed brick, brass and dark woods in an unpretentious display, that surprisingly proves easy on the eye.
There’s also Oysters on offer. Although I’m not sure I see the connection with the Irish bar feel, Whiskey or safari park decor, but it’s good to know they’re there.
My attention is caught momentarily by the framed posters listing the extensive Whiskies on offer.
I’m also loving the print theme and design of the menus, which kind of match the posters, and leave me feeling more like a pirate than a safari hunter.
The cocktail list favours the dark liquors, as you might expect, and we’d be remiss not to dabble in at least one.
In the end, we split the difference between a ‘No Comment’ ($17), and an Irish Penicillin ($20), safe in the comfort that we have all bases covered.
The ‘No Comment’, which touts itself to be a “Cheeky twist on the classic cocktail; Last Word”, would be a great selection for those with taste buds for sweet cocktails.
I was far more swayed with the ‘Irish Penicillin’, but I’m a guy who likes being slapped in the face with ginger every now and then. I probably should have rephrased that.
Great little bar, positioned nicely adjacent some of my favorite restaurants in the area, making it a shrewd first port of call for an aperitif.
Pop your head in.
The Wild Rover
75 Campbell Street