Geelong’s speakeasy style 18th Amendment Bar is set to expand this year, after securing a location for their second venue in Ballarat.
Named after the amendment of the United States Constitution that effectively started the prohibition of alcohol, 18th Amendment Bar is a venture by Gorge Camorra that draws inspiration from the speakeasy movement from the 1920s and 30s.
From unusual ingredients, including Camorra’s own range of liqueurs, to the hundreds of spirits behind the bar and the house-concocted barrel aged cocktails, 18th Amendment is a unique addition to the Geelong bar scene. The speakeasy celebrates cocktail culture while educating the consumer, presenting the classics with a contemporary twist.
The bar has been operating in Geelong for two and a half years, experiencing great success that they wanted to replicate in another regional area.
Camorra, an industry veteran who is a local to the area, wanted to bring cocktail culture to regional areas like his home. Considering Ballarat is often described as Victoria’s next biggest regional centre, Camorra said it “just made sense” to choose it as 18th Amendment Bar’s second location.
At the Ballarat venue, you can expect the same 18th Amendment Bar theatrics, with a huge selection of spirits and a customer focused service. But there will also be some differences, with exclusive offers at each venue.
“You will find some favourite from our last few menus as well as some locally inspired cocktails that will only be served from the Ballarat venue. We also want to champion locality as Ballarat has so much to offer,” Camorra said.
A Brand Ambassador for 100 Proof and award winning bartender himself, Camorra is invested in the development of staff at the new Ballarat location, to the same degree as in Geelong.
He said: “We are also committed to working with the Ballarat bartenders to provide training on spirits and cocktails as we have done in Geelong.”
18th Amendment Bar Ballarat is planned to open as early as March 2020.