If a good back bar contains one or two rows of top-shelf spirits, then Proof’s is a veritable liquor library for spirits nerds. Under the care of new bar manager Reece Southern, the geek-chic literature-inspired menu gets a quarterly infusion of new sci-fi, romance, horror and fantasy-inspired drinks. If an ingredient like fassionola (a tropical-fruity red syrup) leaves you stumped, consult the glossary. Or ask one of the servers or bartenders— for each is as friendly and helpful as your local librarian.
TRY: THE JAMU, AN INDONESIAN(ISH) MARGARITA FORTIFIED WITH GRAPE 5 MASALA AND INSPIRED BY EAT, PRAY, LOVE.
Photo: CALLUM JOHNSTON