Melbourne's lauded Neo cocktail bar PAR. is taking over Before + After for a night of innovative drinks

Melbourne’s lauded Neo cocktail bar PAR. is taking over Before + After for a night of innovative drinks

One of the most exciting newcomers on the Melbourne bar scene is popping up to Brisbane to show off its inventive approach to hospitality. Tony Huang and Tim Pope – two thirds of the team behind PAR. in Fitzroy – will be slinging sips at Before + After on Tuesday November 21, giving Brisbane drinkers a taste of their carefully crafted, pre-batched, conversation-starting signatures.

In addition to being a cracking cocktail bar in its own right, Before + After has become a great spot to get a taste of some of Australia’s similarly exceptional new-wave drinking spots. Back in August, Before + After hosted an appearance by Andy Chu of beloved Melbourne joint One Or Two. On Tuesday November 21, Before + After’s owner George Curtis will roll out the red carpet for award-winning bartender duo Tony Huang and Tim Pope of first-rate Fitzroy bar PAR. for a one-night-only takeover. The joint has made waves since launching last April, racking up accolades left and right. It’s easy to see why. Described as the world’s first Neo cocktail bar, PAR. bridges modern wine and cocktail bar elements, harmoniously uniting them into a balanced, yet boundary pushing, whole.

Known for crafting pre-batched and pre-diluted libations using a specialised integration process (involving techniques such as sonic ageing, infusion, fermentation and carbonation), PAR.’s slick and speedy presentation (every drink is served in the same stemmed glassware) means drinks are delivered expeditiously and consistently. PAR. also employs Australia’s first zero ice sustainability program, which means nothing is shaken or stirred, merely chilled and served (flavours and aromas open up and evolve as the drink warms slightly). These novel presentation methods and innovative techniques serve to create a one-of-a-kind drinking experience – and Brisbane drinkers will be able to sample two of the bar’s signature Neo cocktails and riffs on a pair of modern classics when PAR. comes to town.

Tony and Tim will be heading to Before + After courtesy of The Exchange, with George returning the favour with a reciprocal visit to Par in early December.

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