|Cocktails at The Island Bar, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour|
|The Island Bar|
|Afro beats for entertainment for the First Day of Summer Party at The Island Bar|
|Sparkling wine - does it count as a launch party without bubbles?|
|Dark and Stormy cocktail|
|Cold War Sgroppino cocktail|
|Piña colada served in a young coconut|
Kicking back on a deck chair with one of these particularly creamy drinks was probably as close as I'm getting to an island getaway this year.
|Pizza oven incorporated into a shipping container|
|Smoked salmon pizzettes|
|Roast capsicum pizzettes|
|Vegetable and cured meat antipasti selection|
The soft, yielding prosciutto was a crowd favourite though I adored the flavourful garlic and fennel salami just as much. There was a particularly high sodium chloride content in the capocollo of cured pork neck, while the bresaola had a distinct and stronger meatiness than its porky cousins.
While I could eat antipasti endlessly (and did refill at least once), it was hard to ignore the smells emanating from cardboard pizza boxes that were being ferried over from the shipping container kitchen.
On the cool night, the drinks-chilled crowds flocked to the warm food like moths to a light. The smells were intoxicating and I had to hold back every part of my being not to run off with an entire box.
The fresh-from-the-oven funghi pizza featuring mushrooms and ham definitely hit the spot with its thin base yet crisp edge. And yes, I did pick up all those fallen-off toppings, as I always tend to do - the best part, really.
|Mango daiquiris at the bar|
It had the full hit of its rum contents while the ripe, in-season mango and ever-fun margarita glasses (even though plastic) make this a cup of summery joy.
|Mango daiquiri in the upstairs Tropics Lounge|
|Nutella dessert pizza|
While it's not something I'd generally eat with a sweet cocktail, it was straight back to school day lunches with one bite of the chocolate hazelnut goodness.
|The Island Bar by night|
While a great night was had, I can definitely see the appeal of a daytime stint at The Island Bar, with no fear of missing the last boat/ferry back to Circular Quay. That and beautiful days on the astroturf with a cocktail jug and gorgeous, fresh pizza - indeed, let's get tropical.
Food, booze and shoes attended The Island Bar First Day of Summer Party with thanks to The Cru Media.