A year ago, this slip of an alley off Leigh Street was a bin lane. Now it contains a pair of narrow timber cabins with steep pitched roofs, separated by a neat courtyard garden. There's no signage, but push past the timber door and you'll find a look that's perfectly cool offset by a sunny attitude on the floor. Manager Marshall King keeps Pink Saloon's tight drinks list filled with savvy beer, Bourbon and wine selections, and shakes a mean cocktail. Stop for a bite from chef Matthew Standen's wood-fired oven; he also does perhaps the best chips in the land.
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