Halford Bar is a classy establishment located in the basement of the State Buildings, at the corner of Hay Street and Cathedral Avenue, the site of the safe room of the old Titles Office. Entering down stairs you find the bar area, with a striking marble topped bar, then through an archway to a couple of sitting areas, or down more stairs to another intimate space.
Furnished with an array of velvet couches and chairs, dimly and moodily lit, is an eye catching and impressive space.
A snappy little drinks list has a range of cocktails, beer, spirits and wine on offer – the wine across a number of varietals and regions, both from Australia and abroad – but its major emphasis is whisk(e)y and there is much to choose from – page after page of Scotch, Irish, America, Japanese, Australian – if this amber fluid is your bag, then Halford must be on your list.
Lady FWO and I dropped by for a snifter while waiting for the kitchen at Long Chim to open and settled into one of the plush chairs and sat back to enjoy a glass of The Sum Cabernet Sauvignon from Great Southern producer, Castelli – a silky smooth drop with aromas of plums, mulberries and tobacco, flavours of chocolate and red berries.
A far as food is concerned, Halford has moved away from relying on the kitchen of another establishment in the building, and now offers up charcuterie and cheese plates – simple, but something to nibble on while you soak up the atmosphere (and drinks, of course).
Halford is certainly recommended – it is great little bar, and as I said if whisky of whatever provenance is your interest, then get along soon!