One rather drizzly evening, Brunch Club was kind enough to organize an event in collaboration with Zomato and The Glass Goose for a Cocktail lesson with various other Auckland bloggers. I was mighty excited for this event, having heard or rather seen The Glass Goose easily dominating my social media feeds despite being the new kid on the block. Described as an open rooftop bar drawing influence in its architectural design and layout from a glass house, this worked wonders in providing us with beautiful views of the city with its clear roofs and plenty of windows whilst keeping us dry. I can only imagine how buzzing it would be in the summer! Be warned, it really is hidden (it’s down the alleyway next to Gloria Jeans) and despite knowing it was on Federal Street directly opposite Sky City, I walked straight past it, but luckily asked the lovely people at Federal Delicatessen who pointed me back in the right direction.
To be honest, I was constantly deliberating over attending, constantly wanting to withdraw into my safe shell, yet also wanting to push myself out there and experience something new. Introvert problems… but I’m so glad I went! If you’ve never been to one of these kinds of events before, just take the plunge- everyone else is also thinking the same thoughts of anxiety so you already have something in common with each other :)
For $25 per person, we were treated to a variety of delectable small plates to keep us sated through the night, and a cocktail we would make ourselves (I’ve included the prices from their menu though). Look at how well stocked they are on the alcohol! The space was a fantastic balance between casual yet classy- perfect for those wanting something a little more special than your average bar, yet more toned down than a fine dining restaurant.
Our teacher for the night was extremely up beat, talkative, and patient (especially with our measly attempts at working those bicep muscles with shaking up the concoctions). It can’t have been easy being scrutinized by all of us the whole night!
The first group made Beekeepers Blossom- Aperol, gin, manuka honey, lemon, egg white, dash of aromatic bitters ($16.00).Garnished with a sprig of rosemary for the finishing touch, how gorgeous do they look? I didn’t get to taste the cocktail but I heard it was delicious. A round of small plates also came out in the beginning but we were all so excited to start mixing and stirring that they were demolished quite fast. (Food photos in no particular order).
Finally it was my turn. Our second group whipped up Fresh Pickings- Cachaca rum, fresh strawberries, limes, cucumber ($14.00).
It was a smooth sailing process and a great stress reliever as we bashed away at the ice and crushed the strawberries, cucumber and limes. The end result was definitely fresh, fruity, delicate and light. Perfecto! Go away artificial tasting, overly sweet cocktails you find at your usual joints, this was the epitome of art. It was like the first time I drank a Hӧpt / Six Barrel Co Soda, and realising the cheap sodas I had been consuming my whole life was actually pretty terrible. I’m not much of a drinker, but this has made it into my favourites.
At this time, another round of plates were brought out to my surprise and we eagerly dove into them again. There was a good amount of food to share among us hungry people so the serving sizes of their small plates are nicely substantial.
Sometimes I get worried about these kinds of events- what if I don’t actually like it? Thankfully, The Glass Goose has by far exceeded expectations and has proved themselves worth the hype. I’m still gushing over this place and am desperately looking into my calendar for any excuse of an event to drag my friends in for another amazing night.
The Glass Goose | 78 Federal St, Auckland | www.theglassgoose.co.nz