Decades ago our backyard fort was the perfect escape, but times have changed and we need a hideout that’s mature and sophisticated – ideally one that serves world class cocktails and contemporary cuisine. We found the perfect grownup getaway at Victoria’s newest bar & restaurant, Little Jumbo.
Previously bar manager at Clive’s Classic Lounge and nominated by industry peers for the International Bartender of the Year award in 2012, Shawn Soole is just the man you want running your hide class hideout. Inspired by pioneer mixologist Harry Johnson’s New York City cocktail bar Little Jumbo, Soole opened his own Little Jumbo less than 2 weeks ago and more than 125 years after Johnson opened the original. Soole’s talented bartenders Nate Caudle & Adam Bonneau have mastered the timeless classics (who doesn’t love a good ol’ fashioned Dirty Martini?) but certainly have a flare for the contemporary. Of course, the gentlemen are in good company. Head chef Justin Hardiman is serving up dishes like Balsamic Roasted Tomato, Cauliflower Gratin & Duck Fat Fries, and house made Porchetta di Testa with Peppercorn Pecorino.
We’d tell you our Little Jumbo favourites, but why don’t you escape for an evening and discover your own?
Find Little Jumbo at 506 Fort St., Victoria BC.