The Empire Strikes Bax, a coffee-spiked riff on a Negroni, is a drink that's sure to reawaken the Force. Bartender and Star Wars enthusiast Hayden Lambert created the cocktail while working at Matthew Bax's famed Bar Americano in Melbourne, and it stuck. Now the cocktail - as much a digestif as an apéritif - is a staple at Lambert's new Collingwood joint, Above Board. As at Americano, the bar is all about subtlety and has no visible branding. House spirits are poured from reused Hibiki whisky bottles and anything with a label is kept in a drawer. "A lot of people buy with their eyes rather than by what tastes better," says Lambert. "At Above Board it's all about the taste."
Above Board, 306 Smith St, Collingwood, Vic, aboveboardbar.com