Brooklyn might just be a bit too far to pop over for some drinks no matter how much you want to see the city skyline and cross the bridge like in every other TV show. Well now BRKLYN is brought to you with the New York vibe and it lives on our East End. Adelaide’s fabulous bar scene is no secret and this is certainly another notch on the belt. We popped by on opening night for a peek to see what the fuss is all about.
Keep an eye out for the neon ‘B’ sign as you walk down Rundle Street, may be easily missed but it feels all the more special. Like some secret passage. Walk up the stairs and you’ll arrive at a subway station. This is your stop with the words BRKLYN in mosaic tiles on the wall, a.k.a. Instagram spot. Get off your subway and walk inside the station past a string of shops. Now tell me, which bar has a deli, barber and radio station all in one place? This place does. The delicatessen draws your attention with its striking colours advertising cold cuts, pastrami and pickles. Next stop is Vincenzo’s barber which will have an actual barber cutting your hair followed by Soundpond radio station set up down the end which will continue to stream live from 2pm every day.
Owners Rashaad Chenia and Alistair Loose wanted to find a point of difference, they wanted it to be more than just a bar and I think they’ve succeeded. Bringing all the Brooklyn vibes under one roof is well known designer Matiya Marovich of Sans-Arc Studio, the designer behind Pink Moon Saloon, Gondola Gondola and Nola just to name a few. So far we are loving the subway station and cornershops. Enter the BRKLYN Bar. It has a relaxed vibe with mood lighting, exposed brick and stone adding to the old-building-renewed theme.
The bar stretches all the way across the room with seating at the bar where we found ourselves a spot to perch on. The drinks menu boasts many local South Australian wines and craft beers so names like Hentley Farm, Palmetto, SC Pannell, Vinteloper, Mismatch Ale and Hills Cider should perk your interest. Turn the page over and find an American-inspired cocktail list of Cold Drip Negroni, New York Sour and Watermelon Collins.
The food menu from Sunshine Delicatessen is simple but appetizing. Get bar snacks like Marinated Olives, Pickled Mushrooms, Old Bay Popcorn or share the love with Cold Cuts and Cheese selections. We were here for dinner so it was inevitable we were going to order the two iconic dishes.
It’s hard to find a good pastrami sandwich especially after you’ve been to New York so the Pastrami on Rye was a no brainer and to Mr Foodie, the ‘Extra Pastrami’ option wasn’t really an option, it was the ONLY way. At $22 they really do pack the pastrami in, there was more meat than anything else on the plate, which is what you would expect. The sandwich came with crisps on the side and their house made pickles, so moorish. Being English, he was ecstatic someone served a sandwich with crisps. Yes people, it’s crisps, not chips. We thoroughly enjoyed this one, the pastrami was delicious and what we loved about it was that even with all that meat packed in it didn’t become too salty and amazingly the cheese was not lost. Still tasted it all in every bite.
I ordered a Lobster Roll thinking it would be a dainty bap. Instead we were surprised with a large lobster roll, bigger than a hot dog bun. Again with the crisps, yum. The lobster filling isn’t just blended mush, you do get succulent chunks to sink your teeth into. For $9 I thought it was pretty good value. Looking around I spotted a couple of platters, looked amazing yet casual in a good way and I think it does show how this place has the quality goods but isn’t pretentious. Like their drinks list, they try to source local SA produce for their deli.
Kudos to the guys at BRKLYN for putting this together and bringing it to the people of Adelaide. It’s a different experience and I think one that will be the talk of the town for some time to come. We’ll be back for sure!
260a Rundle Street