Inside, the trio has paid homage to the Clarence Street building's "beautiful guts" and its heritage-listed facade. The bar's lower floor calls to mind an old library, complete with stately bookshelves, dapper furnishings and family heirlooms throughout. Foliage creeps in and around like it's been there forever, stretching up to encompass the secluded rooftop space above.
While their previous bars might have built reputations on showcasing specific spirits, Old Mate's sees Walters and Noble widen the focus, embracing the creative space that comes with celebrating all booze in equal measure. Expect a cocktail list that's broad and oft-changing, spreading plenty of love across a 300-strong back bar selection.
To match, they've currently got a trio of Philly cheesesteaks and a rotation of cured meats, though there's whispers of a waffle croque monsieur — complete with roast cauliflower bechamel — making an appearance in the not-too-distant future.