A rustic wooden bar stretches the length of the room underneath a slew of immaculately designed, low hanging stainless steel lamps. A vast expanse of exotic bottles and shapely glasses cluster in front of long curved mirror and behind chic glass fridge doors. Cabiria is the perfect antidote to the flailing mish mash of bars that populate old Caxton Street.
It is cool but not pretentious, chic but not soulless, a wine bar but not bereft of beers. Tucked into the Barracks complex, filling the space of an old butcher shop, Cabiria has a beautiful American-lodge-Spanish-saloon-down-town-New-York-polished-Sydney kind of feel about it. The outside area is almost as cosy and cool as the interior, with carved wooden tables and bar stools cascading out onto a little verandah.
The wine list is expansive, more of a leather bound book, filled with the wares and treasures of every notable wine region. Beautiful, porcelain tribal maidens perch atop the bar with knowing smiles, and protect the keep of liquid gold that pours from their fragile backs, (translation: Estrella on tap).
Wooden boards of cured meats and oozing cheeses teased me from across the room, so much so that merely watching others partake in said delights had me dreaming of Barcelona and feeling a little weak at the knees…
I am prone to daydreaming you see. And as I wandered into my little gastronomic fairy land, the attentive staff were so quick to fill my glass that I almost missed the movie I had trekked to the Barracks to see (and in turn literally became quite weak of knee).
Where: 6/61 Petrie Terrace, The Barracks, Paddington
Contact: (07) 3368 2666
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