Friday seemed to be the coming of summer as the temperature zipped over 30 (of course three days later that all seems unlikely with the rain pouring down as I write) but after a longish walk up and down William Street my parched throat guided me into the Bird for a replenishing beer.
One of the many small bars in and around the Cultural Centre/William Street, the Bird has a singular style – shabby chic perhaps – mismatched furniture and the like, a natty courtyard out back and a stage for performances – the Bird is at heart a live music venue and it is in the evenings that things really liven up here. Early afternoon is more laid back and relaxed.
They have a very small wine list – maybe 10 wines but some pleasant drops among them – and with both on tap and packaged a good range of beers and cider are to be had. Feral Hop Hog seemed to be calling and a jar of that went down well, and quickly.
The Bird has a new food menu – including small snacks such as olives, smoked almonds and larger meals – wings, Bao, burgers, nachos, fries and pizza, with churros for those sweet of tooth. We didn’t try anything this time, but they all sound solid bar food and easy to handle in a crowded audience.
The Bird is as ever a great little spot for a quick drink when around the area – relaxing, friendly bar staff add to its appeal. A deservedly popular little bar.