Pop-up bars are no stranger to Brisbane's streets — but none deliver a message quite as blatant as Trash Tiki. It's operating waste-free and travelling the world showing customers and bar owners how to do it too.
In the hopes of drawing attention to over-consumption and single-use ingredients in the craft cocktail industry today, UK bartenders Kelsey Ramage and Iain Griffiths have designed the pop-up to be a launchpad for a conversation on waste. It's travelled Europe, Asia, South America, the US and now Australia.
As part of their stint in the country, Trash Tiki is heading to Brisbane to do something a little different — and it comes with dinner.
In celebration of World Bartender Day, the duo will settle in at Electric Avenue on February 26 and host a three-course meal that comes complete with four anti-waste cocktails. The drinks selection will be created using a combination of fresh local ingredients and things from the kitchen or bar that'd otherwise end up in the bin, including a special one-off Wild Card concoction that uses waste items from the dinner itself. Also on the menu: the Black & Tan Sour, which features Jim Beam Black Label, honey cream, lemon juice and stock, wattle seed syrup, whey, lemon husks and egg yolks.
Two seatings will be held, at 6pm and 8pm, with tickets costing $93.50.
Image: Steven Woodburn.