‘Retro’ seems to be an easily abused byword for new bars these days, what with bartenders proclaiming their love for all things old school with some classic cocktails on their menus. LongPlay, the latest watering hole in funky Haji Lane, goes beyond such usual antics and conjures up a true vintage mood: the bar boasts a collection of more than 3000 vinyl titles that cover songs from the 50s to the 70s. The tunes of Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Van Morrison are played with warmth and oomph, thanks to the audiophile-inspired set up of high end ATC speakers and Wilson Benesch turntables. Like the music, the cocktails pay tribute to the artistes of yesteryears. The Fred Astaire ($20) is an easy-drinking tipple of apricot liqueur, Riesling and gin. Fans of The Godfather should check out the Marlon Brando ($20), a masculine concoction of cognac, Stella Artois reduction and maple syrup. Pair it with some bar bites, such as the lip-smacking, moreish Togarashi Squid dusted with Shichimi pepper, paprika, garlic and chilli ($14).
4 Haji Lane.
Tel: 6291 3323