Deep in the jungle there is a hidden watering hole, an oasis for animals in need of a drink. Three companions – a baboon, an elephant and a tribal chief – watch over their guests. Together they live in harmony on the banks of the pond, and frolic and laugh the night away.
As night wanes on, slowly their guests begin to depart, returning to the promise of sleep and dreams. Yet the three companions remain, reminiscing of days long past and those yet to pass, until slowly but surely, the sun begins to peek over the horizon bringing with it a new day.
Now Rann the Kite brings home the night
That Mang the Bat sets free—
The herds are shut in byre and hut
For loosed till dawn are we.
This is the hour of pride and power,
Talon and tush and claw.
Oh, hear the call! — Good hunting all
That keep the Jungle Law!
– “Night-Song”, from The Jungle Book
Welcome to the Jungle
Chapel Street has a secret. You may have walked right past it and not even noticed; there is more to the sandwich store Boston Sub than meets the eye. Behind its oversized yet otherwise ordinary fridge door lies a mysterious and jaw dropping revelation: Jungle Boy!
Designed as a ‘hidden but not so secret’ oasis from the hustle and bustle of the busy street, Jungle Boy is a small, unmarked bar that could be easily missed. A tribute to the unmarked bars that popped up all over America during the prohibition era of the 1920’s.
Nothing beats the moment when you first walk through the fridge door, only to find yourself standing inside the leafy venue. WOW!
Drawing inspiration from The Jungle Book, a children’s story published in 1894 by author Rudyard Kipling, the bar emulates the rugged and untamed nature of the jungle. Exposed bricks, stripped back one layer at a time, create a sense of roughness and earthiness, while wood and wicker furniture give trekkers a place to perch and rest their weary legs. Natural light filtering down through the plants creates the illusion that guests are sitting under a canopy of leafy trees. Plus a menagerie of characters and critters decorate the space, including the three companions from the story above, adding to the feeling that the place is living and breathing around you.
The venue has three distinct spaces that people can gravitate to depending on their mood: the bar, the cosy, lounge area with its couches and fireplace, and an outside courtyard out back. All three spaces facilitate unique experiences for guests depending on whether they feel like chatting, mingling, hiding out, people watching, kicking back or having a wild debaucherous time.
The cosiness of Jungle Boy adds to the intimate atmosphere, its layout feeling like that of a creatures burrow. Diversity amongst guests offers companionship, a sense of tribe.
The fun vibe is enriched by the mix of alternative pop and reggae music that plays out over the bar, setting the evening’s pace.
Bottles of premium spirits and liqueurs spiral up towards the roof like the base of a great tree, all carefully selected for use in various drinks. Jungle Boy’s cocktail menu is lovingly designed and redesigned based on the current trends bartenders notice about their guests’ tastes and demands.
Jungle Boy creates an escape from reality, where you could catch your breath and forget the worries of the world. A shop front with a fridge door you can go through to find an oasis.
Inspired by the Jungle Book, the bar is fresh and vibrant. It has an intriguing asymmetry that creates a richly unique environment. Best of all, you feel like you are surrounded by friends and watched over by the guardians of the jungle.
The jungle itself remains ambiguous, leaving it to the guests to figure out where in the world they think they are. As a wise lady once mused, “It could be behind a fridge anywhere”
Fruity, exotic and tropical are three words that could be used to describe Jungle Boy’s cocktail menu. Each drink is crafted with a mix of complex and exotic ingredients to create a blend of flavours that makes each sip delicious.
The Bird is the Word No.2
Tromba Reposado, Yellow Chartreuse, apricot brandy, fresh lemon, pineapple juice and Peychaud’s bitters, garnished with a sprinkle of freeze-dried raspberries.
Sweet and sour. A real treat for the tastebuds.
Bacardi 8 Y.O. Rum, frozen bananas, vanilla ice cream, spiced honey syrup and whiskey-barrel aged bitters, garnished with wafer straws and Maraschino cherries.
Flavoursome and hearty, reminiscent of banana paddle-pops.
Tanqueray, watermelon juice, fresh lemon and rose syrup, garnished with a Singapore orchid, pineapple leaf and a lemon wedge.
Pompero Blanco, Appleton Estate Signature Blend, Goslings, Bacardi 151, Apricot brandy, fresh lime, pineapple and grapefruit juice, passionfruit, Orgeat, Agnostura Bitters. Garnished with a lime, set on fire and sprinkled with cinnamon powder for effect.
A showstopper! An amazing array of natural flavours with an impressive presentation.
Open 7 days 5pm to 1am
96 Chapel St, Windsor