A hidden city oasis
Late last year, Andy Freeman and the team at the Flour Factory invited us along to an intimate gathering where we were privy to a number plans for the space in the new year. One of those plans included the unveiling of their hidden rooftop space, The Sherry, that I attended on Wednesday night. The Flour Factory is a large space on Queen St in the City (formerly Venn), currently occupied by The Flour Factory cafe/eatery, the new rooftop bar, an alfresco area and an unrelated homewares store out the front.
As suggested by the name, The Sherry specialises in the often undervalued beverage, sherry. In a bid to rid of the ‘nanna’ stigma of sherry, business partner and sherry aficionado, Sam Astbury, and bar manager, Simon Hough, have taken great care in curating a fun, fresh and modern drink list, bringing sherry back into the spotlight. To be honest, The Sherry made me forget that sherry was ever deemed uncool. With the modern, industrial style decor and the ever stylish crowd frequenting the bar, the typical ‘old lady’ beverage is suddenly made hip. But that isn’t all they offer… with local brewers Gage Roads and Custard & Co. on side, and a host of other more expected beverages, there is something for everyone upstairs at the Flour Factory.