You won’t get an espresso martini or frozen Margarita at Mechanics. It’s not its thing. Whisky and whiskey are. At last count there were 200 labels, including Pappy Van Winkle 23-year-old, in a constantly expanding range.

Choose a cocktail off the list or let the spirit guide you. Barkeeps can tailor a bespoke drink.  Maybe a smoky Negroni made with mezcal instead of gin. Add freshly pressed apple juice for 50 cents to whatever you like.

There’s plenty of good booze at this quirky laneway bar with rooftop terrace and free WiFi above Flipside in William Street. Order a burger and chips off the menu and have it brought to your table.

The red bra slung over the deer head on the wall adds a certain louche fun. It’s a tribute to the Uplift Project that provides, ahem, support to disadvantaged women around the world. In the summer you can sit outside on the roof top deck and enjoy the sights and sounds of Northbridge.

Mechanics has long been revered as one of the city’s finest bars and in 2019, it’s still a leader in the mixed drinks business.