It’d be fair to say that Melbourne, Australia is famous for a few things. Coffee, graffiti art and without a doubt, sneakily-placed cocktail bars. So it seems utterly reasonable that the back of Fonda restaurant at the Windsor end of Chapel street should be home to the new speakeasy-esque tequila-friendly Atico.
All dim lighting, exposed lightbulbs and fish tacos, this isn’t your average tequila bar.
We hit Jim Sherry, co-founder of Tequila Tromba and Atico devotee with one of our 5 x 5 interviews to get the lowdown.
The Lifestyle Department: Who or what is inspiring you right now?
Jim Sherry: The growing popularity of Mexican food and drink in Australia is a great inspiration, because it lets us know that we are on the right track.
Also bars and bartenders contributing to the development of the tequila drinking culture. Despite the recent trend, tequila is quite a traditional spirit; so to see young bartenders at cutting edge venues, serving innovative tequila creations is terrific.We at Tromba pride ourselves on tequila education, but it’s really down to the industry to pass these ideas on to their guests, and they are having a great influence on the international tequila conversation.
TLD: What do you want to be doing in five years?
JS: I’m doing it now, which is pretty cool. Introducing Tromba to tequila drinkers of all levels of experience and passing on our drinking philosophy and my general passion for the agave spirit.
Looking to the future, and hopefully we can achieve this within 5 years, I’d love to open the Tequila Tromba distillery and take the burgeoning trend of micro-distilling we are seeing with whiskey and gin, to the world of tequila.
TLD: Five essential cocktail cabinet ingredients?
- Tequila Tromba Blanco (obviously)
- Fresh limes (pretty hard to make a margarita without them)
- Agave syrup (impossible to make a Tommy’s margarita without it)
- Grapefruit bitters
- Matt Clarebrough, from Local Craft Spirits (if you can fit him into the cabinet)
TLD: Five people you’d like to share a drink with?
- Marco Cedano, Master Distiller of Tequila Tromba
- Any or all of Nick Reid, Eric Brass and Rodrigo Cedano, my partners in crime
- Don Javier from La Capilla, Tequila (tequila legend)
- Phil Bayly (tequila legend)
- Bill Murray (all-round legend)
TLD: Describe the cocktail menu at Atico in five words.
JS: Classic tequila. But not as you know it… (sorry, that’s 8 words).
As if to prove this last point, Jim was kind enough to share a Tequila Tromba cocktail recipe with us for you to try. Trust us, it’s not what you think of when you think of tequila.
Atico is located at 144 Chapel Street, Windsor. Walk confidently through the restaurant and up the stairs at the back… you’ll find it.