King Street Newtown has a new vegan-friendly bar, Gurdys, that launched on Thursday 25 August 2017.
Gurdys is the lifelong dream of husband and wife team, Clare and Brett Davies who between them have more than 30 years experience in the hospitality industry. It is located just a hop, skip and jump away from Newtown Station. The decor of the venue is sustainable looking, using earthy tones, recycled wood panelling, exposed brick, loaded bookshelves, plants and a brightly illuminated bar.
Gurdys serves cocktails, wines, beers and a shared menu that caters for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans.
The launch party menu consisted of vegan, vegetarian and meat options including: an antipasto board; citrus cured salmon with fennel and orange; beef cheek croquettes; mushroom cigars with whipped goats cheese (vegetarian); shallots and ginger arancini (vegetarian); green dog (vegan). The antipasto board and the green dog were the highlights. Green dog uses sausages from Newtown’s vegetarian butcher, Suzy Spoon, and tastes better than most hot dogs that use meat.
The cocktails, that were served in vintage style glasses, included: Hurdy Gurdy made from whiskey, frangelico, pilsner and honey; G.G.made from gin, Aperol and berry tea syrup; and Vanilla Passion made from vodka, passionfruit and vanilla (which was my favourite).
They have Sauvignon Blanc and Grenache Tempranillo on tap from R!ot Wines (which is a more sustainable option than bottles) and beer from Mountain Goat and Balter.
Gurdys is located at 349 King Street Newtown. It is open every day except from Monday.
For more information about Gurdy, go to: https://gurdys.com.au/