Palmer & Co. Is My Favorite Bar In The World

Palmer & Co is the speakeasy of all speakeasy.  I’m not a fan of bars, clubs or lounges. 

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I rather spend my time eating and sleeping.  In that order too.  I’ve been to many speakeasies, but Palmer & Co and the Office in Chicago were the most memorable experiences.   However, I had the opportunity to stop by Palmer & Co one day and I instantly loved it like the taste of McDonald’s french fries.  

There was a huge line to get in because there were a bunch of corporate Christmas parties during the first week of December.  There were tons of people walking around downtown Sydney and getting drunk.  It really gave me the impression that Aussies love to drink more than anyone in the world outside of Koreans and Japanese people.  If you’ve ever been to Itaewon or Tokyo, you will understand.  Those two are complete alcoholics.

Palmer & Co took a bit longer to get it than expected.  Once in, the speakeasy was in the basement and the most lively speakeasy I have ever experience.  There was a door man.  The decor was vintage 1920s, alcohol barrels were everywhere, and the bartenders wore ties and suspenders.   The wood cabinets matched with the old red brick cement gave it an old feel to it like bingo nights at the senior citizens’ community home.

It was sophisticated, classy, vibrant, jazzy and an amazing time.  Don’t ask me what I was doing in a sophisticated and classy joint.  The scene was like the Great Gatsby scene where Gatsby first met Buchanan in the speakeasy.  The music was roaring and the drinks was pouring.  However, there wasn’t anybody getting run over by some drunk aristocrat.  This was my absolutely favorite speakeasy experience ever next to the Office in Chicago.  Trust me.  I don’t say that lightly cause you could usually find me at a dirty-and-shady-local dive bar.

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    Service - 8/10
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    Presentation - 8/10
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    Flavors - 7/10
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    Decor - 9.5/10
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    Ambiance - 9.5/10
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