Swing open the unmarked door and shuffle past thick curtains to emerge in a small, dark and sparsely furnished space that’s super serious about its spirits. It’s all thanks to Dario Knox’s – he’s the mastermind of the drinks programme at tapas joint FOC – intense liquor geekery.
You’ll find no labels on the bottles here. Each rum, whisky, moonshine or what-have-you, and their many expressions, have been cask-finished by Knox. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. So order a flight of your favourite poison (each 15-mililitre pour is cask-finished differently) before asking for cocktail recommendations.
The Other Room’s exhaustive cocktail list covers all the standards: 26 cocktails are split into eight categories – such as Post-Prohibition and Classics – and start at a very affordable $19. Trust us and carve out a few hours for the full experience.
TRY THIS Reversed gin and tonic ($23)
Here’s a riff on the classic: The Other Room tailors its own in-house tonic to match the Martin Miller’s gin used, and infuses it with pink peppercorn, cucumber, lemon, grapefruit and cardamom before smoking the cocktail. The result? A dry, smoky and wonderfully crisp beverage that, thanks to the spices and herbs, dances on the palate.