All this jaunting about can make a girl thirsty. And if you are looking for somewhere chic with a bit of history to quench your thirst Mr Hyde ticks all the boxes.
Ultra-cool, Mr Hyde is in the old London Chartered Bank building in central Geelong. Built in 1859 using local sandstone and designed by architect Leonard Terry its facade displays the opulence of the times in which it was built. The Victorian Gold Rush was in full swing and Geelong was experiencing a boom of its own in the wool industry. The interior design of Mr Hyde’s makes perfect use of the grand 20-foot high ceilings with lavish chesterfield booths, marble table tops and dramatic chandeliers.
And what does a day jaunter quench her thirst with? Well at Mr Hyde it is difficult to go past the impressive cocktail list. All of the usual suspects are there like Manhattans, Margaritas and Singapore Slings. But there are also interesting takes on the well-known, like the Bloody Maria, made with tequila rather than vodka, or the Hazelito a nutty twist on the traditional Mojito.
I pick the Espresso Martini; vanilla vodka and Kahlua combined with espresso. It arrives in a martini glass looking like a mischievous latte complete with a frothy crème and coffee beans scattered over the top. Like the cocktail menu says, ‘Beats a Red Bull every time’.
Mr Hyde – 11 Malop St Geelong