Northbridge meets the Deep South as South Bird Hot Chicken collaborates with the new Winston Small Bar

Northbridge meets the Deep South as South Bird Hot Chicken collaborates with the new Winston Small Bar

As one door closes, another opens for guests at Northbridge’s most popular bar and foodie collaboration – and for its owners.

Behind the leafy entrance to South Bird Hot Chicken is William Street’s newest cocktail bar, Winston Small Bar. This deceptive façade is no accident, however.

Braeden La Marr and Kabir Ramasary, the team behind The Bird and Ezra Pound, opened their Southern-style chicken shop in April with the intention of combining it with the “Big Easy” vibe of New Orleans music culture.

Northbridge meets New Orleans in Winston.
Camera iconNorthbridge meets New Orleans in Winston. Credit: Winston Little Bar
Braeden La Marr (left) and Kabir Ramasary (right) are the driving forces behind Northbridge's most popular bar and snack collaboration.
Camera iconBraeden La Marr (left) and Kabir Ramasary (right) are the driving forces behind Northbridge’s most popular bar and snack collaboration. Credit: South bird

“We wanted Winston to feel really inviting and warm, and the space lends itself perfectly to that sense of ambiance. It’s like stepping straight into a music hall in the Deep South,” Mr. Ramasary said.

“It’s soulful and a little dark, and the music underpins everything – think classical to contemporary blues, atmospheric jazz and even some live cameos in the future from local musicians.”

Winston creates a warm and pleasant atmosphere.
Camera iconWinston creates a warm and pleasant atmosphere. Credit: Winston Little Bar
Winston Small Bar has opened in Northbridge.
Camera iconWinston Small Bar has opened in Northbridge. Credit: Winston Little Bar

With cocktail veteran Pete Long on board, who is behind the menus at Hula Bula and Ezra Pound, thirsty locals looking for an escape into South America’s deepest cocktail culture can expect absinthe rinsing and swizzling techniques on tap.

Mr La Barr said Winston “celebrates the skill of our mixologists, who will bring something completely new to guests with their inventive twists on classics and themed specials”.

Named after Mr Ramasary’s beloved schnauzer-poodle cross, the bar was inspired by the now-closed Bulletin Place in Sydney, where customers were consistently surprised by the ever-changing menu and seasonal ingredients.