Volstead is the primary undertaking for whisky-nerd Stuart Inger and Sydney businessman, Allen Chen. Each keen about whisky and avid collectors, the pair met when Stu was working at Hippo Co. again in 2017 and Allen, an government supervisor at Westpac was a daily buyer. Stu initially went to him for monetary recommendation when the chance to open a bar got here up. Quickly after, Allen and Stu realised that the mix of their private whisky collections would make for one thing actually particular. So, moderately than Stu simply getting some cash suggestions, they grew to become enterprise companions and labored on opening what’s now often called Volstead Repeal collectively.
The identify is an ode to the years that adopted the Repeal of the Volstead Act, which prohibited the manufacturing, and sale of alcohol within the US. The pair wished to do one thing extra distinctive than the everyday Prohibition fashion, and so went down the trail of New York from the Thirties to 50s, with banquette seating, chesterfields and darkish timber finishes. “Our objective is to ship balanced, flavoursome meals, distinctive drinks, and advantageous whisky, in a enjoyable and welcoming atmosphere,” say the homeowners.
The signature choice of cocktails is up to date for the seasons and is designed to assist friends choose a method that fits their style buds.
On the cocktail entrance, classics are there in power. Outdated Fashioneds are a Volstead specialty. “A easy cocktail of whiskey, sugar and bitters. Easy, however not simple,” they are saying. The signature choice of cocktails is up to date for the seasons and is designed to assist friends choose a method that fits their style buds. With over 300 whiskeys on the again bar,
the pair is eager to proceed rising their assortment till they run
out of room!
The meals providing is straightforward, but scrumptious, with pizza being cooked from open to shut and charcuterie and cheese boards obtainable.
Volstead is positioned behind the Yamaroshi constructing in Braddon and was particularly chosen as Stu and Allen wished the venue to be tucked away, as they need it to be a spot it’s important to learn about, moderately than one to be stumbled upon. The capability is about 50 seats and full desk service is obtainable.
In true hospo fashion, the bartop is tremendous lengthy to encourage friends who like to take a seat on the bar and chat about whisky to sit down. Volstead additionally gives three whisky tasting classes per week, run by their devoted and passionate workers who’ve real and vested pursuits within the hospitality business.