Take a stroll down the sunny length of Jones Bay Wharf and you’ll come to a gorgeous little bar by the name of Little Fish. The window-walled outdoor section of the historic structure that houses Flying Fish features pretty, resort-style couches, cosy heaters and a sparkling harbour vista that will warm you from within on the freshest of winter days.
Let Little Fish coax you out of your winter blues with the Butter Me Up ($19), which features 666 vodka made using butter (that’s right) from a dairy farm next door to the distillery and gets even more heavenly with lime juice, vanilla syrup and a dark chocolate rim. Also a class act is the Rum Figgie Rum ($22), which brings together Appleton rum, fig, lemon and cinnamon to create a hug masquerading as a cocktail.
If beer is your thing, you don’t need to feel left out of the cosy winter festival. Our favourite is the Red Duck ‘Boppel Duck’ Dopple Bock limited release ($15). Say that ten times fast, or just enjoy the drink's dark, malty complexity.
That the bar snacks here are in a league of their own is no surprise when you know they’re coming out of Stephen Seckold’s Flying Fish kitchen. In a city that’s really starting to come into its own when it comes to great Mexican food, we back the fish taco ($9) as among the best, with tender pieces of crispy fried fish finding their match in a sweet slaw lifted with coriander and spring onion.
The mini trout burger ($9) is another winner, with a tangy harissa dressing you’ll keep going back to. Or, for longer-term grazing, grab yourself a bowl of warm, curry-leaf roasted cashews ($8), possibly the ideal winter snack.
Ask nicely and you might get to order the main restaurant’s desserts into the bar, and trust us when we say that’s something you want to achieve. Toasted marshmallows, gingerbread crumble, brown butter powder and wattle-seed sorbet are just some of the sensational ingredients that have made their way into the winter menu and they’re combined in ways that are just inappropriately pleasing.
Little Fish is in no way intimidated by its older sibling next door. With its unique drinks, knockout snacks and view that's worth writing home about, this little bar has certainly filled the big shoes it has inherited.