The fairy-light–strung patio has a mix-and-mingle approach to seating and a 16-foot fireplace adorned with a bull’s skull. Pull up a chair by the firepit to feel like a real cowboy.
Double denim, turquoise jewelry and a Pendleton wrap for evenings under the stars (and the twinkling fairy lights).
Hip watering hole Public House attracts guests and locals alike with its modern American fare, craft cocktails and backyard bonfire. The rockabilly rustic bar and restaurant is open for dinner and has exposed brick walls, reclaimed wood installations by 1767, a handful of vintage finds and Pendleton-lookalike bench seats; a roll-up garage-style glass door opens to the patio, with its hodge podge of metal and leather chairs. Chef Tom Bayless has dreamed up the locally sourced menu that relies heavily on Argentinian-style grilling over an open fire. No tins of beans around a campfire here; favourites include aged smoked beef, charred sweet potatoes, roasted spaghetti squash, oysters and chicken wings. Continental breakfast is laid out in the Parlor Bar. Fresh pastries – croissants, pain au chocolat, muffins, scones and galettes – are delivered piping hot from local Dozen Bakery. The breakfast spread also includes seasonal fruits, yoghurt, granola, oatmeal and your usual roundup of breakfast beverages.
Parlor Bar is opposite the instrument-filled lounge; take a break from that old time rock’n’roll and plonk down in one of the bar’s vintage leather chairs with your libation of choice. Public House doubles as a craft cocktail bar, pouring out Nashville twists on the classics; blue Collars take the place of Manhattans, the Old Fashioned has a splash of cognac and the Gimlet is basil-infused. Order from the full restaurant menu, or nibble on bar snacks – charred beef fat olives and smoked bread with pork fat butter – until late.
Breakfast is served from 8.30am to 10.30am. The Public House is open from 4pm to 11pm (midnight on Fridays and Saturdays), but dinner service stops at 10pm. The Parlor Bar’s open from 3pm to 9pm.