Never has the saying 'good things come in small packages' rung truer than at West End's latest boutique bar, The End.
Never has the saying 'good things come in small packages' rung truer than at West End's latest boutique bar, The End. Although accommodating 60 people at capacity and being a tiny bit squeezy, The End is cosy rather than claustrophobic. The deep, dark hue of the walls, interesting artwork, low hanging lights and pot plants make for an appealing interior. Long tables with high stools and opposing comfy couches add to the snugness of the venue and make it almost impossible to not meet new people or run into friends at The End, mirroring the friendly West End vibe.
Although the front steps are covered in fake grass, this does not indicate the greater feeling of the bar as The End has genuine rustic elegance. This little hideaway may be a hot spot at the moment but it doesn't feel like it's trying too hard and its effortless charm adds to the appeal. Unlike other bars, you won't hear generic background music, here, house DJs spin vinyl, making you feel as if you've been transported into the not too distant past.
The End offers craft beers, house brews, a list of rum as long as your arm and tropical cocktails. If you want to treat yourself, try the Lucky Number 13. This cocktail is a delectable blend of spiced rum, white cocoa, cold drip coffee and maple syrup. Although the cocktail took a little while to arrive as the bar staff were run off their feet due to the popularity of the venue, it was well worth the wait. If you're hoping to have a few drinks there on a Friday or Saturday night, make sure you head down early to avoid a long wait outside.
Along with a wide array of drinks, The End boasts a selection of lip smacking morsels. The munchies on offer include bar snacks, dips and yummiest of all – a platter of cheeses, quince, meat, olives, fruit and crackers for $20.
Situated just out of the main hub, The End is one of West End's best bar lounges. It makes for a perfect spot to kick start a Saturday night, enjoy Sunday afternoon drinks and is an ideal midweek escape. It may be pocket sized, but The End packs a punch.