Out of This World, or the Next, Cocktails

Out of This World, or the Next, Cocktails

There’s something to be said for classic cocktails and mixers. When you can enjoy the same drink that people were sharing when sitting around the bar arguing whether or not Teddy Roosevelt was going for another term, it shows how durable good taste can be, and it shows respect for the traditions behind the liquor.

However, there is a flip side to this. As much as I love a good Old Fashioned or Mai Tai, I like to try something new now and then. It’s easy to run into a long string of “new” cocktails that are just a variation on a theme, or an old drink with peppermint schnapps in place of the gin with the word “Holiday,” tossed in front. Then there are the fad drinks that explode on the scene then burn out and disappear just as fast. There is nothing wrong with these, and I’ve enjoyed most of them, but it has given me a slightly jaded view. Like always, though, just when you think you’ve seen it all, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Enter Viscosity. Viscosity is a science themed bar in

However, there is a flip side to this. As much as I love a good Old Fashioned or Mai Tai, I like to try something new now and then. It’s easy to run into a long string of “new” cocktails that are just a variation on a theme, or an old drink with peppermint schnapps in place of the gin with the word “Holiday,” tossed in front. Then there are the fad drinks that explode on the scene then burn out and disappear just as fast. There is nothing wrong with these, and I’ve enjoyed most of them, but it has given me a slightly jaded view. Like always, though, just when you think you’ve seen it all, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Enter Viscosity.

Viscosity is a science themed bar in Stanthorp Queensland that is serving something different. Too bad it’s all the way in Australia – so no weekend road trip. And by different, I mean something unlike any batch of cocktails I’ve ever seen before. If you went back in time 500 years and made one of these, you would probably be burned at stake for witchcraft. They use all the scientific principles most of ignored in high school chemistry to create unbelievable masterpieces of cocktail engineering.

Think back to all the old sci-fi and horror movies you’ve ever seen. Remember when the mad scientist would make some sort of bubbling concoction with smoke pouring from it, or when the alien bartender would put a glass of some multi-colored drink that apparently never heard of the word Earth in front of our intrepid hero? That is what they serve at Viscosity.

There are pics and videos of their drinks online, and they are amazing and breathtaking. There are drinks that look like lava lamps and others that look like a self-propelled snow globe that never needs to be shaken up. Themes are an omnipresent staple that goes beyond the décor of the bar. Many of the drinks that look like a background prop from Frankenstein come in beakers.

I do have to admit that some of them might take some getting used to. The Eyeball Shot that has a semi-gelatinous eyeball looking blob that gets cut open might require a few shots of something else before trying it. There was also a clip of another drink, which wasn’t named, that looked like a bloody abscess floating in the glass. Outside of those two, though, the rest looked amazing and would be fun to try.

Going for drinks and a show, well here the drinks are the show. The way the different cocktail ingredients interact is as fun to watch as they are to drink. I assume so anyway. Viscosity has several good reviews and lots of wishes that a place like it was close to where travelers who fell in love with the place lived. I would also love to see something like Viscosity in the US, and who knows we might. It would be one of the better trends in recent years.