They say that if you follow a galah, it'll lead you to the nearest watering hole. And while bar-filled Windsor might not be the best place to test the theory, you won't be going thirsty if you head for its newest drinking spot, named after those pink native birds.
Opening on High Street, Galah is out to celebrate top Aussie produce, native ingredients and locally crafted drinks, though with minimal gimmickry served on the side.
Greeting you at the street-level entrance is a boutique bottle shop, curated to focus on homegrown spirits, local craft beers, and both natural and new-world wines from across Australia. Take something home, or grab a bottle to enjoy at the bar above. Up there, a loft-like space is decked out with velvet booths, moody timber panelling and splashes of foliage, courtesy of co-owner Billy Staughton's other venture, Abbotsford's Native Home House of Plants.
The cocktail list is a highlight, with signature creations heroing native ingredients. Try the Bush Pepper Man — a blend of 666 Tasmanian vodka, Ambra Limoncello, ginger beer and a house-made syrup of hand-foraged bush pepper.
Backing up the booze, there's a tidy rotation of seasonal drinking-friendly fare, starring lots of Aussie cheeses and cured meats. Plus, Galah will also host a jam-packed live music lineup that'll cover a range of genres throughout the year.