It was a beautiful Autumn day in Sydney. I took a leisurely walk to the Darling Harbour and on the way, I could not help myself but photographed bits of the experience . I love the shades of blues and whites of that autumn Saturday. It felt very nautical and at the same time, a sense of freedom and peace. I like sitting on the wooden planked stairs. It was relaxing and somewhat, inspirational. And in days like these, it makes me miss Melbourne a little lesser.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of these people. There were about 3 or 4 of these plastered to the pillars. Was it a boating accident?
And I finally reached my destination and bumped into Simon and his brother downstairs. We had a little chat and headed upstairs thinking we were early but the rest of the food bloggers were upstairs. LOL
Does this bar close? There is a special on every day of the week and $5 drinks from Monday to Friday (5pm – 7pm). Check with the bar what is available for $5.
Let’s get cracking on the cocktails. It was 11am and we all had a taste of the first cocktail of the day. We started with an Espresso Martini. He made it look so simple to make. A bit of caffeine that is tainted with alcohol makes it a great idea to kickstart a Friday night out.
Espresso Martini – A shot of Espresso, Smirnoff Vodka, Tuaca & Kahlua.
The second cocktail of the day was a classic margarita and not one of those frozen margaritas. Great! Also picked up a tip on leaving half o the margarita glass unsalted. Some like the salt and some don’t. I like this. The tanginess was not a punch in the face. And the inclusion of Elderflower liqueur made this a little more delicate.
Senorita Margarita – Jose Cuervo Traditional & St. Germain Elderflower liqueur shaken with lemons, limes and a dash of agave nectar.
Can you hear the cameras going off in the videos?
This was followed by something a little sexier and more kick. It has a nice chilli kick. More appropriate for a person with a passion for fire and chilli heat. It’s $7 on Tuesday. Check this baby out. Watch the video and you shall find out what makes it sexy.
Sexy Saint – St. Germain liqueur shaken vigorously with a mix of chilli, lemon and honey.
The last cocktail that I had for the day was made with one of my favourite Gin, Hendricks. Yummilicious? Hell yes! I like the freshness of this cocktail. It is more of a summer type drink or one that you enjoy while sitting on a beach and eyeballing cute beach boys! LOL
Ginny Hendricks – Hendricks gin and Aperol, muddled with cucumber, lime juice, sugar syrup, strained and topped with ruby grapefruit juice.
If cocktails aren’t your thing, then they do a nice selection of beers on tap. Having just moved from Melbourne, I find this bar quite refreshing. It is a pretty good place to hang out, have a cocktail or two and enjoy the view. On Saturday and Sunday, it’s $25 for a kg of fresh prawns and it will go down well with a jug of ber priced at $13 till 9pm. Pretty good deal and this is the sort of place that my friends and I in Melbourne will hang out on a day like this.
I had to leave after a quick sip of the Ginny to meet mum and Mister for lunch. The rest stayed on and enjoyed a lunch with a view of the harbour and more cocktails! I was pretty jealous when I saw the tweets and more envious after reading Simon’s blog post! And check out all the cheeky photos that he taken of us! I look so serious but I promise I am not.
Also please check out the Helm Bar’s facebook page for the ‘Kinky Cocktail Competition‘ that they are running. Each entry gets a complimentary cocktail next time they eat at Helm, and the winner gets a $100 voucher!
Many thanks to George Redmond from Wasamedia and Helm Bar for the invite.
Aquarium Wharf, Wheat Road, Darling Harbour, NSW 2000 Australia