Words by Jen Schneider
It’s no secret that Black Pearl is an icon of the Melbourne bar scene and its alumni are equally as extraordinary as the inventive drinks they serve.
Some of the bar’s most established and talented past employees Rob Libecans of London’s renowned White Lyon; current Ketel One Vodka ambassador, Chris Hysted-Adams; Matthew Stirling from Joe’s; and Ryan Noreiks from Brisbane’s Lark, have reunited to launch their own up-to-the-minute bar.
Cleverly named ‘Fancy Free’ the pub is set to open in the CBD of Melbourne as a neighbourhood bar, ‘where everything is delicious, and everyone is welcome.’
It seems this bar has been a long time coming, as Hysted-Adams says: “We have been working towards this point since we met. It’s always been our dream to open a bar and now the time is right for all of us to do it together. Kind of like the Avengers, but with drinks.”
Before the official launch, they will be showcasing their concept at ‘teaser events’ across Australia and in Singapore.
June 15-16 at Dark Mofo in Hobart
July 6-7 at Saville Row in Brisbane
July 13-14 at Mary’s in Sydney
No set dates have been made for late July or the month of August, but they plan to be at Ramblr in Melbourne sometime soon and Singapore’s Tippling Club at the end of August.