Bivouac Canteen and Bar

Bivouac is one of the original small bars that now flourish around William Street and the Cultural precinct – it has been popular since Day One and its popularity shows no sign of abating – and nor should it.


It is not a large place, but is well fitted out and has a nice little area on the footpath to sit, drink and eat and watch the passing parade. And it was to a pavement seat that we turned recently. We went just for a drink – having already lunched elsewhere.


The menu at Bivouac changes regularly and always has interesting, innovative dishes. Spiced baby calamari with barberry salt, samphire salad and ouzo mayo, for example. Or how about black barley, crispy brussel sprouts, asparagus and baby carrot, with beetroot hummus and za’atar labneh? Or sticky chipotle pepper lamb riblets with pickled watermelon; and duck eggs and matbucha shakhuka, braised trotter and pickled okra with labneh and toasted turkish bread? A little different from other places, and always very tasty and well presented.


But we there for a drink, thought about a glass of rosé, and asked our waiter what she recommended. She came up with a lovely Spanish drop, made from Grenache. It was refreshingly dry, with lifted raspberry notes on the nose, good acid, and a long, satisfying finish. It was just what the doctor ordered, and finishing up we were on our way.

I will be back soon to partake of the food – Bivouac is a top little spot, friendly staff, great food, excellent small wine list, well located – perfect, really.

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