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By Stephen Heard
December 23, 2020
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By Stephen Heard
December 23, 2020
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UPDATE: 3 March, 2021: Cocktails from Brolly's off-license shop can be purchased in 375 millilitre bottles for $55. Take your pick from the house martini, a negroni featuring a blend of international gins, or a nightcap complete with blended scotch, blackberry porter and brandied cherry.

The bottles, which serve four, are available for both pick-up and delivery. To place an order, email [email protected] or give him a text on 0223149749. All orders will be delivered or picked up on Friday afternoon from 3pm. Last orders are at 2pm Thursday.

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Viaduct Harbour rooftop bar The Parasol & Swing Company has transformed its lower level into an aperitif cocktail and wine bar for summer.

Brolly is the newly re-designed space below the Viaduct sun trap. Owner Jason Rosen says the concept fits somewhere between a vintage Parisian bistro and Kiwi batch, only with stunning views of the Viaduct boardwalk and its glistening basin. Brendan Ryan, who is responsible for fit-outs at Mexico and Caretaker, reimagined the intimate 20-person space.

Oliver Fitton (of Peach Pit and The Foodstore) created the sharing menu of Kiwiana-inspired food. Of course, a take on the classic Kiwi onion dip is there — here it's served with vegetable crisps. Elsewhere, the selection of drinking snacks range from oysters with tamarillo, samphire and gin to pickled mussels with citrus mayo, and bacon bone and potato croquettes. There's charcuterie from A Lady Butcher and a selection of local artisan cheese, too.

The drinks have been looked after by the experienced Parasol & Swing team. The wine list is solely organic and stars natural wines from both New Zealand and Australia. Cocktails can be enjoyed on-site or taken away and are served either over block ice as a stronger digestif or as a lighter tipple with ginger beer, tonic or fruit soda.

The 'Rosita Colada' is a mix of two classics made with coconut washed tequila, spiced rum, gentian, aperitif wine, and a grilled pineapple and sultana shrub. The 'Velvet Night Cap' mixes together blended scotch, amaro, blackberry porter, bitter aperitif and brandied cherry. The 'Aged, Yet Fashionable' is an intriguing combination of kumara whisky, croissant, black walnut and brandied cherry.

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