Another of the many small bars in and around William Street, the Bird is decorated in a down at the heels, shabby chic style – church pews are reinvented as drinking booths, mismatched and worn couches and chairs in the window seat, a chair hanging from the ceiling, dangling lights and holed doors.
Towards the back of the room a stage where bands play on a regular basis with the Bird one of the few places giving live music a go and providing an outlet to some of the lesser known groups around town. Not forgetting a commitment to other forms of art, with regular exhibitions of paintings, etchings and the like.
As well there is a small outdoor area at the back where you can catch a bit of air while enjoying the atmosphere and music.
When we turned up just after midday they were still cleaning the courtyard from the night before and it wasn’t open so we made do with sitting in the window – no doubt helping to attract customers in.
A small wine list, with a good range of beers, ciders and cocktails to boot, served up a couple of glasses of rose, and one of sparkling between us which we enjoyed while chatting in the box seat.
It wasn’t all that busy at the time, and a photographer was busy takings pics of the place and our drinks – but of course when a band is playing it can become quite crowded and that is the price you pay for having a good time and checking out the latest music.
If you want to check it out without the crowds then early afternoons are recommended – have a drink and relax.
The area around the Bird is rapidly becoming one of the “go to” spots for small bars and good times – with Ezra Pound, Mechanics Institute, Lot 20, Bivouac, Shadow, No Mafia, the Brass Monkey, Joes and PICA all within a 100 metres of each other, not to mention the many restaurants and coffee spots. You should take a wander around the William Street/Cultural Centre precinct; there really is something for everyone – even culture with the State Theatre, Library and Art Gallery.
As we were leaving we ran into Fin, much better looking than your normal barfly.