5 December 2022

First Looks: Highball flies again

| Lucy Ridge
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Tastes like Paradise! Photo: PewPew Studio.

Highball has opened its doors once again and this iteration of the popular bar is “bigger, better, and a little more boujee!”.

Fans of the old Highball will be pleased to see that the new location maintains the lush, tropical palette and breezy fun atmosphere with a glassed-in terrace overlooking the city’s nightlife.

The entrance is more of a grand affair this time around with a door from London Circuit opening up to a wide staircase: no more back alley shenanigans to find the secret stairs!

Big windows let in plenty of natural light for those perfect night-out selfies among plush velvet chairs.

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The popular punchbowl cocktails are making a return to Highball. Photo: PewPew Studio.

Highball is probably not a bar for quiet romantic tete-a-tete, but it’s perfect for a night out with your crew.

Share a boozy punchbowl like the Pornstar Punch or if you’re feeling especially ‘extra’ the menu invites you to ‘feel all the feels’ as you mix and match yourself an Insta-worthy Daiquiri tree! Grown up slushies like Papi’s Margarita and the raspberry Bacardi-infused Frambuesa will certainly prove popular for summer sundowners, or choose from the wide selection of signature classics and barrel aged cocktails.

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The food menu ranges from delicate Canadian Scallop Ceviche with mezcal compressed watermelon, pickled cucumber, avocado, corn chips to freshly baked Peruvian-style Empanadas from local food business Mr. Papa’s. Or grab a pulled pork, leg ham, and pickle-filled ‘El Jefe’ Cubano sandwich for that extra carb-y hit of energy to hit the floor and salsa the night away!

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Dig into the South and Central American inspired menu. Photo: PewPew Studio.

The new Highball also includes a private space called Casita Bar. Extra lush and green, this space is designed for exclusive parties, hen’s nights, engagements and more.

Highball is also continuing its popular cocktail classes – be sure to book ahead to get the scoop on shaking up the perfect paloma, pisco sour or pina colada!

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Hospitality group Lala are the pros behind Canberra favourites Molly and 88mph and the bar service is similarly fast and flashy with a team of male cocktail waiters in striped shirts shaking and stirring delicious boozy concoctions at breakneck speed.

Man pouring cocktail

The cocktail service at Highball is impressive! Photo: PewPew Studio.

With space for 200 patrons across the venue, Highball is set to be the summer hotspot for boujee nights out.

Highball is open seven days a week from 4 pm until late. The entrance to the bar is located in the Melbourne Building, 77 London Circuit.

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