P.D. (Parke Davis) Bar Review

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It was a Thursday night when my friend and I were looking for a place to catch up. Located conveniently on York Street just opposite the bus stops, one can have a few drinks and stumble onto a bus home without too much trouble. P.D. is not like your typical discreet small bar, contrarily, it is quite visible from street level at night. The glowing P.D. light bulbs lured us down the short flight of steps, where we were greeted by the warm lighting, friendly staff and Thurston Harris’ Little Bitty Pretty One. Instantly we knew this was a type of bar that ticked most of our boxes and qualified as a hipster bar. All that we had to do was sit back and order some drinks.

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Since it was nearing the end of the week, both of us were in dire need for a stiff drink. At first glance, the drinks seemed different to your standard cocktails as a fair few of the drinks used Green Ferry Absinthe as their base. Straying away from ordering my usual drinks, I went straight for the drink with Remy Martin’s Gin and the Absinthe Ice Sphere titled Sazerac Sphere. The superior quality of the Remy Martin’s Gin hit the spot and the rich aromas of the bitters and sweetness of the cognac lingered afterwards. Served in a large glass, the drink encouraged us to drink it at a leisurely pace. The green Absinthe sphere gradually melted, little by little adding itself into equation to the drink. The Sazerac Sphere is a drink that is simply presented and a strong drink to help kick start your night out.

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“It’s really good, I made it myself” Bobby the bar tender

How ’bout a recommendation from the bar tender?

His name was Bobby. He’s also the general manager so he’ll be there on most nights. Make sure you ask for Bobby, give him your choice of base and he’ll concoct a drink to your mood. Like a Pandora playlist when I input gin into the search bar a Martinez was being carefully made behind the bench of the bar. According to Bobby, the Martinez was the predecessor of the Martini’s that we drink today. Tracing back to Roman times, the only type of vermouth they had was the sweet vermouth, which gives the drink its special dark quality. Each of the flavours compliments each other, such as the exotic spices of the Bombay Sapphire Gin, flagrant sweetness of the Maraschino cherry liqueur and Angostura bitters. Well presented in a martini glass, garnished with a cherry on top. The drink was exactly what I needed after a hard weeks worth of work.

So if you’re looking for a place to have a nice casual catch up under some warm ambiance, good music and drinks during the week  P.D. would definitely be a go to place under my books. Or if you’re looking for something more romantic, there’s plenty of room further away from the bar for a quite secluded evening amongst the rustic basement decor.

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