Every bar needs a few staples. A drinks list that's sizeable, specially curated or both is a must. Comfy seating that encourages patrons to settle in for a few drinks is too. And then there's the vibe: think laid-back enough to help you while away the hours, but with a definite buzz so that you know you're not just hanging out in your own lounge room.
Setting up shop in the Ann Street spot Fourth Wall previously called home, Pillar Bar boasts all that; however as inviting as wooden booths and relaxed atmosphere proves, one aspect stands out. That'd be the beverage offerings, which span a hefty selection of cocktails as well as a large range of spirits.
If you're after an espresso man-tini with rum, Tia Maria, coffee and chocolate bitters, or want to drink bourbon out of a cask atop the bar, then this is the place for it. And then there's the chalkboard dedicated to whiskey, much to the delight of fans of the amber substance. Picking your favourite, as well as a beer — aka a boilermaker — is highly recommended.