Bar Toto in Ettalong Beach is located along the Central Coast on New South Wales, a popular visitor destination from Sydney.
Named after Toto, Italy’s answer to Charlie Chaplin, an Italian comic actor and director renowned for his black and white silent films, Bar Toto combines an Italian trattoria with a cocktail bar.
There’s outdoor seating for lazy afternoons, a bar section with high chairs and round table seating but it’s the stunning lounge area at the back of the venue with paintings and a screen displaying black and white films that steals the show.
At first glance, the cocktail list appears to be in theme with the Italian focus. The menu leads with Coffee Cocktails comprised of house creations such as the Jaffa with vodka, housemade Triple Sec, Broken Bean Coffee Liqueur and Chocolate & Orange Bitters and follows with variations on the Espresso Martini flavoured with either dark rum, coconut tequila or hazelnut.
Italian Classics follow with the likes of Garibaldi, Americano and Sbagliato before a long list dedicated to the Negroni and its variations. Cocktails include the Oaxacan Negroni with mezcal, Kingston Negroni with rum and the Aztec Negroni with reposado tequila and Aztec chocolate bitters.
You may expect the Signature Cocktails list to follow suit but here you’ll find the likes of Spicy Hibiscus Sour with chilli-infused tequila, Toto Zombie and Lemon Meringue Pie with Lemon Infused Stoli Salted Karamel Vodka, Creme de Cacao, aquafaba and caramel.
The Spirit Forward Cocktail list is not to be missed with the likes of Manda-Gin Martini, a perfect martini with a vibrant mandarin infusion and the Kentucky Campfire combining Michters American Whiskey with Wild Turkey Rye, Antica Formula, Braulio and chocolate bitters served with marshmallows which can be roasted over flamed cinnamon quills (see photo).
Happy Hour offers a choice of mini cocktails for a reduced price and includes popular classics such as the Agave Old Fashioned, Old Pal, Martini, Oaxacan Negroni and Boulevardier.
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