With the growth Adelaide has experienced in its bar scene there are plenty of people out there who are looking for new ideas and fresh looks. The folks at Bombay Sapphire have caught on to this desire for invention and came up with the Bombay Sapphire Creator Grant. 60 creative bartenders from around Australia put in their pitch’s and South Australia’s own Chad Hanson came away with the big prize.
Chad is the owner and operator of Electra House, a bar which has already made strides to differentiate itself from the rest of the competition. With the Bombay Sapphire Grant, Hanson takes the next step to give Electra House it’s exclusive feel.
Hanson’s invention is the floating bar. Using the effects of Quantum Levitation, Hanson has created a ‘coaster’ which floats. Using this he has reinvented the way you serve drinks at the bar. Allowing you to effortlessly slide your drinks down the bar on a cloud of air, like a Wingardium Leviosa.
Chad grew up watching old western’s and comments. “There was one scene repeated in a number of movies that has always stuck in my mind, and that’s the classic ‘sliding glass of brown liquor down a bar’ scene. I was looking at bringing that concept into the 21st century.”
With Chad’s invention he has taken an old Western fantasy, brought it to reality and made it exciting. Electra House is behind this 100% and a place that was already known as a good Gin hangout has doubled down on its strengths. With cocktails like the Native Gin Cooler (Gin, Davidson Plum, Rosella Flower, Mountain Pepper Berry, Sugar, Saline and Soda) and the Field Negroni (Gin, Strawberry Vermouth and Watermelon Rind Campari) Electra House have created plenty of reasons to hang around the bar and catch your drink as it floats on by.
Chad Hanson’s innovation, aptly named The Sapphire Serve, is available to experience at Electra House for a limited time only.
Words by Jonathon Tonkin
WHERE: 131 King William St, Adelaide