Trumpy is a surprise. And everyone loves surprises. In fact, the only indication there's a bar behind the heavy wooden doors on High Street is the unmistakable beacon that is the brightly lit Cooper's sign hanging overhead. Judging by the inconspicuous entrance of this large brick warehouse you'd expect a loud, cavernous space to lie beyond, but instead you'll find an inviting bar with a warm interior and sophisticated neighbourhood vibe.
This is a bar that will serve you equally well whether you're having dinner with a friend, cocktails with a group, or a first date wine. It's cosy, warm and intimate (hence the date suitability), despite the warehouse factor with lofty ceilings and exposed beams. I was, however, left wondering how they might water the plants, sitting by the dozen up in the pitch of the roof.
Trumpy is a purveyor of beer, wine, cocktails and tapas — with the odd live gig or DJ set thrown in for good measure. The food is modest in selection, but confident in execution. Pea, zucchini and mint arancini with orange yoghurt ($12), 'fancy' fish fingers with hand cut chips ($19) and prawns with spring bean salad ($16) are great for sharing, and the perfect complement to the drinks list — one that features cocktail jugs, no less. The Pimms Cup ($35) has summer written all over it, whereas the Fish House Punch ($40) should come with a warning instead. If it's not that kind of occasion, perhaps a specialty brew such as The Hills Cider Company cloudy apple cider would be more appropriate.
While this area has been bombarded with great bars recently, Trumpy seem to have hit the coveted sweet spot: always busy, consistently enjoyable, and perfectly located for residents of the north to make it their new go-to meeting spot.
Images: Julia Sansone