Thursday night and it was pleasantly populated, the front half-window opening onto Avalon Parade was taken, there were some vacant tables as we walked through and there was a half-full alfresco courtyard at the rear. Three serving behind the bar and the bartender was putting some arm work on some good looking cocktails.
Although brand new the decor makes you feel right at home. Historic Sydney newspapers line the walls in case you are stumped for reading material and there are two great old Avalon photos as well. Dark polished hardwood adorn the bar and the floor is polished concrete. The style is a cross between the Powerhouse museum and a Spanish bodega - it works.
There is a good selection of wines, the chilled Spanish rose was perfect and the cider (which I forgot to get the name) also hit the spot. I spotted some Peroni beer which was my next choice. There are some cute named cocktails - the L90 Expresso and the Round the Bends looked worth trying. It was not long to wait for the reasonably priced food: the House special corkscrew seasoned calamari with aoili was tender, hot and tasty, I kept saying wow this is good. The Classic Margarita pizza with tomato, fresh basil and boccochini was well made but just needed a slightly thicker crust, it was a bit crispy for my liking. Staff were friendly and efficient. They seemed to be enjoying themselves.
The Mill is a cool bar and casual dining addition to Avalon. Great!
Cost for 2: $40 with drinks.