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Six Barrels totally instagrammable but also delicious

by Joanna on May 17, 2012 in Food & Drink

Photo of the interior of Six Barrels,a sunny cafe

Six Barrels interior, photo by Jason Aldous

You know how we feel about Monterey, so it should be no surprise to you that we were very very excited when we heard that Joseph was opening up a new factory in which to bottle his delicious syrups, which is also a cafe too.  Six Barrel Soda Co has found a home in the old Eva Dixon’s (which has been several cafes since then, but will always be Eva Dixon’s probably. EDIT: but if you were unfamiliar with it, it’s upstairs on the corner of Eva and Dixon Streets, with access off Eva St), and the space is a delight to behold – open, airy and stacked with interesting magazines like Lucky Peach to read. You can read more about its design in this piece from Urbis. Needless to say, this place is made for instagramming. But before I let loose with pictures from all my friends, let me tell you about what’s on offer.

First and foremost – sodas. Currently flavours include lime, lemon & raspberry, ginger, vanilla cream, cherry & pomegranate and kola nut, but apparently flavours will change with seasonal availabilities. I’ve been working my way through them, both straight up and also as ice cream floats, and I think that lemon & raspberry is my favourite, and kola nut is not to my taste.The sodas are also available in other places around town, or you can take some of the syrup home with you too (they’ll even sell you one of those fancy siphon things if you wanna get all posh on it). Behold the pretty sodas!

photo of bottles all lined up waiting to be drunk

A range of soda syrups, picture by Jason Aldous

For food, there’s a range of salted snacks like spiced nuts or peas and amazing kettle chips. They do three kinds of mini burgers called sliders – halloumi,  tofu and beef & cheddar. Monterey regulars will be familiar with how delicious these burgers are, although they’re in a different kind of bun. They’re $8 each (or $11 for a soda combo) and come with a handful of the tasty potato chips. If you have a mighty appetite, you might want two. There’s also three kinds of bagel (cream cheese & jam, tomato and hummus, smoked salmon & cream cheese) and jolly big cheese scones from Brooklyn Bakery. Apparently there is also a brunch menu available on weekends offering three different kinds of scramble, but I haven’t tried that out yet. Oh, and of course as this is Wellington, there is also peoples coffee and single origin filter served bottomless. Apparently they will soon be serving craft beers too. I can’t wait.

Six Barrels is currently my favourite place to have lunch, and if you go there, it may very well become your favourite place too. That’s fine, there is enough space for us all. After the jump, let’s get our instagram on!

image of soda float and arm in sunshine

Mika loves the sunshine and soda float

Photo of a girl taking a photo of a burger using her iphone

Everybody instagrams everything

A photo of a burger and some glasses of soda

Jo orders tofu sliders then takes photos of them.

Image of burgers and soda floats

Ally also likes burgers and soda floats

Joanna McLeod

Joanna McLeod has started calling herself the Empress of the Internet because she can. As well as wrangling the other site contributors and Getting Shit Done, she likes to eat, drink and write in equal amounts. Yes, she would love to be invited along to your event in order to do those things. Joanna's also the best person to talk to if you're interested in advertising on the site.

Meow May 17, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Am so very keen to check Six Barrels out. Do you know if anything on their menu would be alright for a gluten free friend of mine?

scott May 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm

So where is this place ? sorry very confused I cant readily see an address etc

Joanna May 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Sorry, it’s upstairs on the corner of Eva & Dixon streets – access is off Eva Street.

ffs May 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Six Barrel, not Six Barrels

Theresa May 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Definitely will check this out during next month’s visit!

Greg Bodnar June 15, 2012 at 9:15 am

I finally had a chance to try one of the syrups in a hot drink. Joe was happy to list off options that he thought worked well and I tested out raspberry and lemon.

Yes.

Kowhai July 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Six Barrel Soda Co. very kindly gave us some of their soda for the launch of e-Cycle last week and it was a big hit with lots of people taking a closer look at the beautiful bottles.

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