Shhh…. Please Don’t Tell
Rumour has it that from 6-9 August, in collaboration with World Class Drinking, Melbourne’s renowned Black Pearl Bar’s top level, will be the temporary home to one of New York’s most beloved speakeasies, Please Don’t Tell (PDT).
Created by the internationally acclaimed mixologist Jim Meehan and run by Jeff Bell, the 2013 Diageo World Class US Bartender of the Year, PDT is a Prohibition era inspired bar that’s listed amongst the world’s best. Just the idea of Melbourne hosting a PDT pop up drove people crazy, with some proclaiming to “kill to see him [ Jeff Bell] in action”.
Recently rumour became the truth, as hidden in the far corner of the freshly renovated Black Pearl, at the top of the stairs stood an old vintage wooden phone booth, with which the dialling of the number ‘1’ opens-up PDT’s secret door.
Inside, PDT’s pop-up is the perfect cosy hideout one longs for after a cold and rainy day. Taxidermies of a skunk, a fox and a stag head are carefully placed around the room, which snuggly fit about ten small round tables, each surrounded by four smooth leather chairs.
Above the bar, empty liquor bottles of all different shapes and sizes stylishly hung from the ceiling by colourful strings of various length. However, the most important bottles stood behind the bar, tenderly watched over by the most important people, the bartenders.
On the opening night’s preview, Black Pearl’s very own Nathan Beasley and Matthew Stirling worked behind the bar, swiftly mixing, shaking and serving up a selection of exquisite cocktails expertly selected by Jim and Jeff. The menu features PDT’s signature drinks such as the Bulleit Bourbon Sweet Tea Smash, as well as some locally inspired mixes.
Also on the menu, a unique range of original hotdogs created in collaboration with Bluebonnet Barbecue’s chef Chris Terlikar steal the show. The winning hotdog is PTD’s famous Spicy Redneck; made up of house dog wrapped in bacon, topped with chilli, coleslaw and green jalapenos, it’s a real firework inside your mouth. Just as one brings the dish closer to their mouth, bursting with anticipation, one’s nose fills with the invigorating aroma of freshly sliced jalapenos, causing the mouth to water with impatience. At first bite, the spices roll across your tastebuds, leaving a tingly hot blaze that’s shortly soothed by the fluffy soft bread and fresh cool coleslaw, refreshing the palate for another taste. Before you know it, your fingers are empty and your stomach full, as you relish in the satisfying numbness of your lips that’s caused by the legend of the Spicy Redneck. Just one little thing, in all the spicy excitement, the beautiful salty flavour of bacon is lost but definitely not missed.
With expert bartenders mixing with flair and serving with precision, and the added bonus of a tasty selection of satisfying hotdogs, it’s clear to see why PDT is so wildly popular. Closing on 9 August, PDT and its winning team; Jim Meehan and Jeff Bell will surely be missed in Melbourne.
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