This one’s for those of you in Ballarat.
If you’re a fan of an electric vibe of a night out on the town and the sip of an expertly-crafted cocktail from some of the finest bartenders in the state but you don’t want to travel out of the Rat, then we have some good news for you.
Geelong’s famed 1920s Prohibition-style cocktail bar The 18th Amendment have just revealed they’ll be opening up their speakeasy doors at a second location in Ballarat.
For the uninitiated, 18th Amendment Bar is a venture by Gorge Camorra that draws inspiration from the speakeasy movement from the 1920s and 30s, specifically named after the amendment of the United States Constitution that effectively started the prohibition of alcohol.
From unusual ingredients, including Camorra’s own range of liqueurs, to the hundreds of spirits behind the bar and the house-concocted barrel aged cocktails, 18th Amendment has been a unique addition to the Geelong bar scene since opening three years ago. The speakeasy has since celebrated cocktail culture while educating the consumer, presenting the classics with a contemporary twist.
With a desire to bring the cocktail culture to surrounding regional areas, Camorra decided to bring this unique experience to Ballarat, which is often described as Victoria’s next biggest regional centre. Set to take over the former The Lost Ones Basement Bar (14 Camp Street), the new venue will continue the same 18th Amendment Bar theatrics, with a huge selection of spirits (including over 100 types of Gin and 150 types of Whiskey) and a customer focused service, alongside some exclusive offers at each venue. You’ll of course find all the favourite cocktails from Geelong, as well as some locally inspired cocktails.
Originally slated to open back in March, operating were put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, and we’ve been waiting on an opening date ever since. A quick look on their Facebook page tells us Ballarat won’t have to wait much longer for the famed bar to open its doors.
The Geelong bar has only just recommenced operations recently, following the pandemic putting their businesses on hold for some time in line with the strict Government social-distancing requirements to help flatten the coronavirus curve.
We can’t wait to indulge in some ‘giggle water’, ‘make some whoopee’ and try not to get too ‘zozzled’ in Ballarat – key word here is try.
Keep an eye on their Facebook for further details.