We love the small bar phenomenon which has been happening over the past few years and turning Sydney into, well, more like Melbourne when it comes to the small bar scene. We’ve seen some fantastic small bars popping up all over our city and suburbs. Check out our Top 10 (in no particular order):
- Baxter Inn
152 – 156 Clarence Street, Sydney
The ultimate hidden lane-way bar. Specialising in whisky, but never fear if whisky is not your thing, they do serve other drinks. Hugely popular, underground prohibition den.
- Palmer & Co.
Abercrombie Lane, Sydney
Brand spanking new Merivale offering, in the underground depths of the old Tank nightclub. Prohibition 1920s style bar, complete with flapper waitresses.
61 York Street, Sydney
Haberdashery rules at this establishment. Underground sewing den. Don’t let the sewing theme put you off, it’s surprisingly dominated by men.
- Shady Pines
256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst
Taxidermist paradise and a honky tonk place. Popular underground saloon.
- Eau de Vie
229 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
Perennial favourite cocktail bar, where the humble cocktail is taken to another level, as only the Speakeasy group know how. Winner of countless Australian and international awards. Liquid nitrogen a-plenty.
- Love Tilly Devine
91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst
Difficult to find. Named after a brothel madam. If you love wine, this place is for you. A bar menu is offered to compliment your wine selections.
- Since I left You
338 Kent Street, Sydney
Dark, minimalist Art Deco cocktail gem, with a sought after courtyard, and candlelit outdoor tables (weather permitting).
- Sticky Bar
Level 2, 182 Campbell Street, Surry Hills
A small bar before there were small bars in Sydney, this bar has been going strong since 2008, and has relied purely on word of mouth advertising. Brought to you by the guy behind Table for 20. Hidden down a dodgy lane, and up some even dodgier stairs, no sign, you get the picture.
1 Temperance Lane, Sydney
A very small bar, located down an obligatory dodgy alley, just off George Street with a neighbourhood feel. Mismatched furniture, drinks served in jam jars, and a dining room located conveniently upstairs.
- Button Bar
65 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills
Find the unmarked doorway, head up the stairs, enter your Pirate’s lair. Cocktails served in vintage glasswear – oh, and they do table service – need I say more? No food, but nearby restaurants will deliver – ask at the bar for menus.
It’s so hard to keep this list just to just 10. There are so many cool small bars – Grandma’s, Hinky Dinks, 121 BC, Dry Land Bar, The Commons, 13B, Lil Darlin, Pocket, Low 302…I could go on…
What’s your favourite laneway bar?
Category: Urban Chic Top 10