Hains & Co takes the best of Melbourne’s laneway culture, shakes it up with Adelaide’s emerging bar scene and nautical past and pours out a cocktail that you’ll want to keep on drinking.
Marcus Motteram is the man dropping the anchor in Adelaide’s CBD, creating a nautically inspired bar that specialises in the finest gin and rum, complete with a bar top from Largs Bay jetty, bronzed portholes and 1,250kg feature anchor.
Having returned from a 12-year stint running some of Melbourne’s best venues, Marcus got his first taste of hospitality working at Cafe Tapas on Rundle St before travelling overseas to learn from some of the industry’s best. Following the success of his Melbourne ventures, Chuckle Park, New Guernica and Chuckle Deli, the pull of family and the ease of life in Adelaide enticed Marcus home.
Wandering the laneways of Adelaide he stumbled upon the premises in Gilbert Place, scoring the catering company Red Star as well as the perfect location for his new venture. After relocating the kitchen to the back of the space and adding plush leather booths and nautical-inspired trinkets to the walls, he was ready to spread the sailor’s message.
Named after his mother’s maiden name and his grandfather’s local furniture store – Hains Hunkin – the nautical inspiration came partly in honour of Marcus’ forefathers, who arrived by boat, but mostly reflects his obsession with the sailor’s tipple – good rum and gin.
So good rum and gin you shall get. There are currently 35+ of each on offer, with plans to expand the list. Current gins include Four Pillars, Noble Cut and Settler’s, while rum options behind the bar include Ron Zacappa XO, Diplomatico 2000 and El Dorado 12 year old.
There’s a short cocktail menu; but just let the bartender know what flavour profile you like and you’ll soon have a delicious drink in hand. The gin and rum aren’t the only two things on offer: there’s also a range of whiskys, local wines by the glass and rotating craft beers on tap, including Adelaidian Brown Ale, Doctors Orders and most suitably, Pirate Life.
Pair your drink with a snack from the simple tapas-style menu. Choose from cheeses, cured meats or salmon. Take your pick of the bunch, including Tuckshop Tiff’s sausage rolls, served with house-made shiraz and black pepper chutney and a range of cheese platters, complete with muscatels, almonds and lavosh. Local produce is on full display, with hot smoked salmon from an Unley butcher and bespoke cured meats by Australian producers.
Hains & Co may be a small bar, but the drinking room is increased by a bar counter that directly serves an outdoor area. Marcus’ sidekick Captain Jack is at the helm, shaking, mixing and pouring cocktails, spirits, wine and beer. If you really want to get into the sailor spirit, ask for a cigar – coupled with a glass of rum, you’ll be swashbuckling in no time.