Small Bars in Sydney

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  1. A cosy atmosphere, thirst-quenchingly short wait times and a shorter distance to get served at the bar – all good reasons for Sydneysiders to frequent ‘small’ bars and Sydney is full of them.
    Super small and trendy bars are popping up all over town. When the laws around opening bars and liquor licenses relaxed a little a couple of years ago, Sydney took its inspiration from Melbourne’s laneway locales and and intimate new pocket-sized bars have popped up in alleyways around town.
    Raise a toast to some of Sydney’s best speak easies and saloons:
    Mille Vini
    397 Crown Street, Surry Hills
    Thousands of wines as the name suggests and Italian nibbles: a great place for a date. This tiny watering hole is a cosy spot and a perfect meeting place before a dinner date. Look to the bar manager for help on the bewilderingly huge wine selection, bottles stacked to the ceiling as promised in the name. Dinner itself comes in share plates – pasta and salad or small Italianesque nibbles to share.

    Sticky
    Level 2, 182 Campbell St, Surry Hills
    Upstairs at Table for 20, this bohemian hang has its cool customers dancing until late. Flop into a vintage sofa and try the special roast dinner on Wednesdays.

    Grasshopper
Temperance Lane, City
    
Hard to find but worth the search, the creators of 7 metre bar serve up cool cocktails in jars in a seductive low-lit wallpapered room. Hip.

    Pocket Bar

    13 Burton Street, Darlinghurst
    Cool art on the walls, squishy sofas, cocktails and crepes.
    Wine Library
    
18 Oxford Street, Woollahra
    Part of the small wine bar revolution: packed with Paddington locals sipping Prosecco and selections from a sophisticated list, while sampling wine-friendly food.

    121 BC
    Shop 4, 50 Holt Street, Surry Hills

    Get a liquor crush on this Italian wine bar, part of the Vini and Berta family. Get here early to score a seat. Tasty Italian bites and wines from Sardinia to Tuscany.
    Love Tilly Devine

    91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst

    Low exposed beams and room for just 38 people, small is beautiful at the end of Crown Lane.

    Grandma’s bar

    Basement, 275 Clarence Street, City

    Follow Astroturf carpeted stairs to this basement find below a guitar shop. Go for rum punch served in a rum mug. Retro-sexual haven of cosmopolitan kitch and faded granny glamour.

    Small Bar

    48 Erskine Street, City

    Get there early to bag one of two small tables on the upstairs balcony if the sun is out, or a cosy nook in the basement on cooler days. Chomp on hot and salty chips served in a checked paper cone.

    Owl House on Crown

    97 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

    Owl House has opened up and fits the bijoux bill. The bar is nocturnal – open until midnight – and is nested in a two-story townhouse on Crown Street with a sociable bar and seating area downstairs and a dining room and balconette upstairs lit up with neon.

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    Small bar: Sticky


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