Home' In The City : In the City - Winter 2012 Contents 41
Monday May 21, 2012
Boston. Beverly Hills. Miami. Canberra.
It's an unlikely next step, but when internationally
acclaimed cocktail guru Jared Thibault was offered the
position of senior mixologist at Bellabar, he jumped at
the chance to share his love of cocktails with a far-away city.
From Rhode Island, US, Jared's impressive resume includes
stints at the Riviera Resort in Palm Springs and Beverly Hills'
Avalon Hotel. He hopes to bring something different to Canberra.
"When you come here, you're going to look at the cocktail
menu and be like, 'What is that?'" Jared said.
"I have an introduction page in the menu, it says you have to
be open minded when you come here, just give it a chance, I
mean we have a jalapeno and bacon vodka."
Jared makes whatever he can on-site at Bellabar. The syrups,
foams and juices are all homemade. The bar menu, created
by Locanda head chef Paolo Milanesi, features classic Italian
delights such as chicken involtino and fried gnocchi, and has
been designed to match the cocktails.
"When you come to Bellabar now, you're wining and dining
and having an experience of something completely different that
hasn't been brought to Canberra yet," general manager Max
"One of the things that sets Bellabar apart is Jared.
"If you love your work and you're passionate about your work
you can only bring something special to the table and that's what
That passion is evident as Jared talks about his work. From
the thought that goes into each of his cocktail creations and the
classics he has ageing in barrels to his homemade sodas and
collection of bitters, it's clear that cocktails are much more than
just a job for this mixologist.
Jared has designed a delicious cocktail menu, with half
comprising of his own signature creations, and the other half
celebrating his favourite vintage cocktails.
"I'm very into the old pre-prohibition style vintage cocktails, so
I've created a section of vintage cocktails, which are drinks I can't
take credit for, they're all created prior to 1930."
But don't expect the standard caprioska or martini from
Bellabar, the vintage menu is unlike anything else you will find in
"We do ones that you won't see anywhere else like the Ford
cocktail. We try to do something a little different," Jared said.
"I'm big on the Moscow mules, we make our own ginger beer
here with a soda syphon, fresh ginger and syrup."
The signature cocktails are all his own creations.
"All my cocktails are pretty much inspired by vintage cocktails.
So I like to take an old vintage cocktail and do my own little twist
on it," he said.
There's the Swinger which is a play on a daiquiri, combining
sage, yellow chartreuse, maraschino liquor, El Dorado white rum
and lemon to create a refreshing drink.
His other favourite signature cocktail is a scotch cocktail called
"I use a 12-year Chivas Regal, a King's ginger liquor, some tiki
bitters and I use a St Germain foam on top. So you get that initial
fruit followed by a scotch ginger flavour, it goes very well together
and someone that doesn't drink scotch can appreciate it."
It's that creativity that sets Bellabar apart and makes it a
welcome addition to Canberra's mixology scene. Yes, there's a
"Just a lot of people don't know about it yet, the local top
mixologists came in the other day and those guys are all cool.
"I don't like to compete, I want everyone to do well. I mean
Kremlin, Hippo, Soju Girl, they're the kind of bars you want
around here, so I think we should all work together and change
Canberra as far as mixology goes."
A: London Circuit, Canberra City P: 6247 6244
Hippo Bar is
out on those frosty
nights with its new
winter cocktail list.
Renowned sommelier and
recently appointed bar manager
Adam Nordone has updated the
wine list and brought his own
flair to the cocktail menu.
"We have split the menu into
two, vintage and Hippos tricks,
heading in the direction of a New
Orleans style," Adam said.
"As well as the new menu we
will be implementing an exciting
and fresh wine list carrying
local, national and international
Hippo has always been that
local drinking spot, discreetly
tucked away upstairs in Garema
Place for those in the know.
Hippo's Wednesday night jazz
soirees are in full swing with
some impressive acts lined up.
"We are expecting a world
class trio from Paris in the
coming month, which will be
a very special evening," owner
Sasha Trpkovski said.
"We also have a regular roster
of interstate jazz bands coming
through, as well as a sprinkling of
local jazz bands."
Hippo Bar is open Wednesday
to Saturday evenings until late.
A: 17 Garema Place, Canberra City
P: 6257 9090
Rydges Lakeside is home to Canberra's newest cocktail destination, Bellabar. Its
menu features an impressive range of Italian bar food, a new wine list and some
of the most creative cocktails that Canberra has ever seen. BY RACHEL PACKHAM
Jared Thibault and Max Rossi are mixing up a storm at Bellabar. Photo: Andrew Babington.
Links Archive In the City Autumn 2012 In The City - Spring 2012 Navigation Previous Page Next Page