The George

aka lessons in Tequila

My last visit to the George had the bar man­ager con­vince me to start drink­ing rum, as he said he had a far bet­ter dark rum selec­tion than single malts. He was a bad influ­ence on me and I now reg­u­larly drink and appre­ci­ate qual­ity dark rum. He also said next time we will get you drink­ing tequila.

So this visit, I decided to take him up on the offer and try tequila. Unfor­tu­nately, the ori­ginal bar man­ager was not on duty, so I took the recom­mend­a­tion of another staff mem­ber and went for a Don Juilo Blanco served with a twist of lime and a little ice. This was a bad move as the sour­ness of lime totally over­powered any subtle fla­vours of the tequila. If you drink you whisky or rum neat, as I do, you need to drink your tequila the same way to appre­ci­ate it.

Which is what I did with my next drink, an Epsi­lon Blanco and I did appre­ci­ate it, far smoother than I remem­ber my last tequila. but that was more than 20 years ago. It is hard to explain the dif­fer­ences between tequila and whisky or rum, based on a single drink, except to say dif­fer­ent. I do not expect to drink good tequila on reg­u­lar basis. As, I prefer the taste of whisky or rum. Still, I can see myself appre­ci­at­ing the odd good tequila.

The George was the first small bar I have vis­ited on a Wed­nes­day where the size of the crowd did not increase as the even­ing wore on. That might be due to a lar­ger pro­por­tion of suits and ties here than other small bars, enjoy­ing a late busi­ness meet­ing before head­ing home for dinner.

As we sat out­side watch­ing the ter­race go by, the atmo­sphere was very dif­fer­ent from my pre­vi­ous visit. The light, the open­ness, the con­stant move­ment along the ter­race, the street noise com­plete with heli­copters and noisy par­rots, was so dif­fer­ent from any other small bar, I have vis­ited in Perth. Even being so dif­fer­ent, it was a very enjoy­able place to sit, talk, drink, eat and watch the world go by. I expect this sec­tion to get very crowded in the com­ing months.

Over­all the ser­vice is very good, the tapas excel­lent (highly recom­mend the pork belly), a good range of rum and tequila on hand, the single malt range is not really that bad. The beer, wine and cock­tail list was also extens­ive. Another great small bar in the CBD.

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