A few weeks ago we decided to spend Friday night at Cold Tea, an obscure little bar in the depths of Kensington Market that is quite popular with those in the know. After reading the small number of reviews on Google and finding no hours of operation on their Twitter page (they don’t have a website), we decided to take the jump and visit anyways. And what a time we had!
LT Rating: Food: 10/10 | Atmosphere: 8/10 Decor: 10/10 | Seating wait time: 10/10 | Meal wait time: 8/10 | Prices: $$$ | Must go, Average, Poor review: Must go
To give you a visual, Kensington Mall is a small shop with kitschy clothes and cool looking thingummybobs being sold. We entered the small shop and walked all the way to the back of the white tiled corridor up to a door with a lit red light over it. It was very dramatic and a little sketchy. The atmosphere of sketchiness didn’t decrease as we entered a dimly lit area selling Dim Sum of all things, but the floor tiles were lovely!
And then we finally entered the actual bar. Cold Tea, despite it’s strange entrance its actually quite a hipster bar. The bottle lined shelves, to the wooden chairs and candle lit aesthetic is gorgeous. To say nothing of the teal coloured walls and the ‘VS’ statement wall. I personally loved the atmosphere and if though the bar was dimly lit, the patio was very bright and a huge contrast to the bar itself.
The service was extremely prompt. And the detail and attention the barpeople gave to each cocktail was phenomenal. I had a regular gin fizz while my friends tried their famous mojitos, apple Jacks and a Singapore Slingy which was just delicious. One friend didn’t know what to get and simply asked for “something fruity”. The barpeople specialize in creating drinks according to what people feel like having which I think is really cool. They know their craft! The drinks were unfortunately pricey at $12 per cocktail. I finished off the experience with a pork bun which I thought was pretty fantastic for $3.
Overall, I highly enjoyed the experience. They were open at 6 on a Friday night which is nice for those finishing up a 9 to 5. The only minus was that they only accepted cash so I had to use a little ATM. I recommend keeping that in mind when heading to Cold Tea. I highly recommend trying out the place if only for the strange but fun experience.
Until next time,