Ezra Pound down a laneway off William Street (with benches and chairs along one side of the lane where the smokers congregate), is furnished inside in an eclectic collection of red velvet chairs, sofas and old pews, and with the Edison style lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling. A ragged archway leads into more rooms towards the rear of the building, while the bar is at the other end and from which you can order from the small but nifty wine list, a range of cocktails, beer and spirits – and also food which will come post haste from No Mafia, the Italian themed small bar just along from the alley in William Street.
We popped in during the week a little early for an evening meal meet up with others and ordered a couple of glasses of rosé to while away the minutes until our rendezvous with our fellow diners. Express Winemakers are producing some outstanding wines and their Grenache rosé is no exception -strawberry and cherry aromas, a hint of cinnamon, dry and savoury palate, fresh and juicy fruit; lovely crisp finish. You can’t go wrong with Ryan O’Meara’s wines.
That was it for our short visit, but it will not be long before we return – Ezra Pound is one of the coolest of the small bars around, we think – interesting and different decor, pleasant and friendly bar staff, good drinks, just a really nice and welcoming ambience.
(Ezra Pound and TS Eliot may well be fighting in the captain’s tower, but this is far from Desolation Row.)