When Pan, Sham, The Angmoh and I arranged for movie night at Jam Factory, we decided to be one of the cool kids and check out newly-opened bar Sweetwater Inn.
Sweetwater Inn offers a novelty outback-saloon feel, from a corrugated iron sheet as a bar, to hanging cow hides and dining with mess tins and recycled metal cans. There’s also melted candle wax, an organ as a condiment shelf and background country music. It conjured impressions of swinging wooden doors, glossy spurred boots and the obligatory rolling tumbleweed.
The menu consists of Australian tucker, and the special for the day involved an all-time Aussie favourite, the BBQ. Vegetarian and vegan substitutes are also available and I heard that the vegan options taste like the real deal. We decided to go all carnivore. Pan and Sham had the pulled lamb sandwich, which they thoroughly enjoyed. Their satisfaction was not elaborately described but a simple ‘very good’ captured their feelings. The Angmoh’s fish and chips came perfectly battered and fried, and my roo steak sandwich was tasty and very tender.
We had no complaints with our drinks either. I particularly like The Noelie: the homemade quince paste sour was sweet and tart, and made the cocktail rather delicious.
Sweetwater Inn is definitely a cool place to hang out. With a clientele ranging from skater punks, eclectic hipsters, and fashionable Chapel-Street goers, people-watching while enjoying Aussie brew and fare will be most entertaining.