Which bars are serving Mr Black cocktails?

Information verified correct on December 9th, 2016

You might have heard whispers of a certain cold drip coffee liqueur known as Mr Black. Here’s where to get it.

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There are some things every Sydneysider knows to be true: that complaining about #shittyrail is always a good conversation starter, that Bondi Beach would be better if the tourists would bugger off north to Queensland, and that we have a coffee-and-small-bar culture that’s second to none. (How do you like me now, Melbourne?)

Quality coffee and cocktails are at last getting the union they deserve with the introduction of coffee liquor Mr Black to the drinking scene.

What is Mr Black, you ask? Well, it’s the self claimed “world’s best coffee liqueur” that two Aussie blokes developed after realising that could make exactly what we were importing from Mexico, but with a quality to satisfy even the loftiest of coffee snobs.

The crowdfunded, 100 per cent Australian produced liqueur took 300 trials over six months and coffee from three different continents, but creators Phillip Moore and Tom Baker eventually settled on one they liked… sort of. Each bottle is numbered so seasoned drinkers can track the subtle differences in the taste, due to the seasonality of the coffee beans used.

It’s swiftly popping up in bars and restaurants across Sydney. Rockpool Bar & Grill was one of the first to stock it, replacing Kahlua as the espresso martini liquor of choice.

“It’s got a lot more sophistication, a lot more coffee flavour behind it than anywhere else,” says their bar manager Ryan Gavin. “It follows our philosophy of having the best product in the glass.”

The Clock Hotel in Surry Hills – who recently launched their new G&T focused cocktail lounge upstairs, spearheaded by cocktail-gun Jeremy Shipley – is another place stocking the stuff. They might not have a specialty Mr Black cocktail on the menu (yet), but ask nicely, and one of the deft hands behind the bar will whip you up something special.

And for one night only, The Nixon Project in Surry Hills – a place that’s best known for making a mean espresso – will be keeping its door open late and inviting a team of gung-ho mixologists to mix coffee cocktails to take perk you up post-5pm. This is a one-off event, so don’t miss out on tickets.

I’m usually wary of anything claiming to be “the world’s best”, and while I might not have a definitive confirmation for you, I have been sampling the drink at various bars around Sydney.

And if it’s not the world’s best, then it comes pretty damn close.

(By the way, they just beat Absolut at the The Dieline awards, coming in first place. How’s that for a seal of approval?)

Where to get a Mr Black cocktail in Sydney

Rockpool Bar & Grill

Rockpool Bar & Grill

As mentioned above, Mr Black appears in Rockpool Bar & Grill’s Espresso Martini ($24). It’s knocked every other coffee liqueur off the bar list. When heavy weights like Rockpool are getting behind it, you know you’re onto something special. Pure sophistication.

Address: 66 Hunter St, Sydney CBD

Phone number: (02) 8078 1900

Papi Chulo

Papi Chulo

While everyone seems to think of Papi Chulo as “that beautiful restaurant on Manly Wharf that does ribs and curly fries”, what they don’t realise is that these guys have an epic tequila collection that’s on par with many a whiskey collection. Their El Jefe ($18) is a combination of Mr Black, Olmeca Altos Tequila, and cold drip coffee, and will leave you licking your lips after every sip. Delicious.

Address: 22-23 Manly Wharf, Manly

Phone number: (02) 9240 3000

Cafe del Mar

Cafe del Mar

It’s everyone’s favourite slice of Ibiza here in Sydney, complete with deck lounges to watch the sun set over Darling Harbour. They’ve incorporated Mr Black into their Espresso Martini ($19), combining it with vanilla-infused Ciroc vodka, creme-de-cacao, bitters and the house espresso cayenne mist. Guaranteed to put you in the mood for dancing.

Address: 35 Wheat Road, Roof Terrace, Cockle Bay Wharf

Phone number: (02) 9267 6700

Firefly Neutral Bay

Firefly Neutral Bay

These guys went all-out indulgent for their Mr Black Double Espresso Martini, which comes with two shots of freshly extracted espresso, Skyy vodka, Fleur de Cana’ rum, and Mozart white chocolate. A couple of these, and you won’t be sleeping til somewhere near dawn.

Address: 24 Young St, Neutral Bay

Phone number: (02) 9909 0193

Feeling lazy? Here’s how to mix a Mr Black cocktail at home

We’ve got three doozies for you to try.

Mr Black Espresso Martini

45ml Mr Black
30ml vodka. Or gin. Or rum or tequila. Pretty much any top-shelf liqueur will work.

Measure all ingredients into a cocktail shaker full of fresh ice. Shake vigorously until a thick foam develops. Strain into chilled glass. Drink often.

Mr Black’s Hard Iced Coffee

60ml Mr Black
120ml Fresh skim dairy milk

Measure all ingredients into a cocktail shaker full of quality fresh ice (or, failing that, whatever ice happens to be in your freezer). Shake lightly and strain into ice filled glass of your choosing, and make it “navy strength” with 10ml of your favourite dark rum.

Mr Black Rye-Ball

30ml Mr Black
15ml Campari
20ms Overproof Rye Whiskey
Bittermen Chocolate Bitters

Stirred and served over ice, garnished with lemon peel twist. Bonus points if the ice is one of those giant spheres you get in bars these days.

Where to buy Mr Black online

Dan Murphy’s, of course. Because everyone should release their inner mixologist, right?

Mr Black Cold Drip Coffee Liqueur from Dan Murphy's

This liqueur is created to deliver the taste of great coffee in cocktails and mixed drinks without the need for fresh espresso.

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Alex Bruce-Smith

Alex Bruce-Smith is a publisher at finder.com.au, taking care of shopping & travel. She funds her addiction to online shopping by hunting coupon codes like a pro, and can usually be found waiting anxiously for a package to arrive. #notevensorry

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