New York speakeasy Attaboy will pop up in Surry Hills for one night only (Sydney)

Just last year, famous New York speakeasy Please Don’t Tell staged a pop-up takeover at Black Pearl’s The Attic in Melbourne, and now it seems a NYC-to-Australia connection has been sparked because another Big Apple favourite, Attaboy, has settled into The Everleigh’s Elk Room in Fitzroy this week, before moving to Sydney’s Dead Ringer next Monday, February 15th, for one night only. You might know Attaboy from it’s current status as the 11th best bar in the world (according to authoritative list The World’s 50 Best Bars 2015).

Bartender Sam Ross, who grew up in Melbourne before making an impact on the New York bar scene, will be leading the charge with fellow mixologists Michael McIlroy and Otis Florence making up the team, kicking their takeover off at 9pm with a no-booking policy, so you’ll need to get there early. It’d also help to know that it will be cash bar only.

As far as what to expect; some of the recipes most popular at Attaboy are being recreated for this pop-up so expect creations like a quirky . Aside from that, the bar – like several others in New York – is famous for improvising, doing away with the need of a fixed menu and preferring to mix up whatever comes to mind, tailored to the individual customer.

For their Elk Room pop-up, the team put on a menu with “Peruvian Riff’s on Some Classics”, including a Negroni which is a mix of pisco, cynar, fino sherry, and salt, and an Improved Cocktail with pisco, rye, absinthe, peychauds, and maraschino. They were also offering “A Can of Crappy Beer” for $6 each. Cocktails were $21 each.

For more of an idea on what to expect next week at Dead Ringer from 9pm head to Attaboy’s Instagram.

Dead Ringer is located at 413 Bourke St, Surry Hills, Sydney.

Headline image: Dead Ringer


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Chris Singh

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