FIRST LOOK: Peel Street’s New Cocktail Bar, Paloma

Paloma Bar and Pantry offers a Mediterranean-style approach to the small bar phenomenon with cocktails and house-made preserves.


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The nights are getting colder but Paloma Bar and Pantry is here to keep us warm with (tequila laden) drinks and house-made preserves. Opening its doors later this week, Paloma offers a Mediterranean-style approach to the small bar phenomenon.

“Think a light, cosy space with a southern European influence,” says manager Luke Fleming. “We’re unapologetically a cocktail bar with a locally stocked pantry we can feed you from.”

Paloma’s ‘pantry’ will be filled with in-house preserves, cheeses, and prosciutto. The menu is described by Fleming as “a bit more than just antipasto.”

As for drinks, Fleming tells me the focus is “clean and fresh”. He is most excited about two specialised spritzes on the carefully crafted menu. The first, aptly named the ‘Paloma’, includes tequila, house-made grapefruit cordial, gin, and prosecco, whilst Paloma’s ‘Aperol Spritz’ is a mix of mandarins from the Riverland, maraschino cherries, mint, and soda.

Paloma will be officially open for business on Friday 24 May at noon. You can find it at 20 Peel Street, right where Chihuahua used to sit.

For more info on Paloma Bar and Pantry, you can visit their website.

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