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Lifestyle : Focus on Surry Hills and Surrounds special report
1HERSA1 0017 02 9949 5330 Shop 1, 549 Sydney Road Seaforth, NSW www.facebook.com/tasteobelgium artisan bread & chocolate creator iG5714730AA-290113 AUSTRALIAN AIR HOLIDAYS TAL 32076 email:email@example.com phone 1800 815 906 Port Lincoln South Australia - 3 days Gourmet Seafood Lovers Weekend Fly from Sydney or Canberra on board our 46 passenger private Fokker 50 aircraft to and from Port Lincoln. Refreshments available on route 2 nights 4 star accommodation at Port Lincoln Hotel overlooking scenic Boston Bay Coffin Bay Pure Oysters tour and tasting. Seafood platter and wine lunch at the Oyster Beds Restaurant Cruise to"swim with the tuna"Tuna Farm. Swim with the tuna or hand feed tuna from a low platform Exclusive seafood and wine luncheon at the award winning Boston Bay Winery A Masterclass 2 hour session with leading Port Lincoln chefs Scenic flight around Coffin Bay coastline Saturday seafood dinner at Sarins Restaurant Departs Sydney and Canberra: March 8 Just a few of the highlights: TullochAdv YAH1935 Phone for a brochure now Hurry, limited numbers - bookings will close soon Full details www.australianairholidays.com 17 goodfood .com .au The Sydney Morning Herald Tipples . . . (from left) Darlinghurst's Love, Tilly Devine attracts a young city-worker crowd; Bootleg Bar's Bloody Martini is made with home-made consomme; Bondi Junction's El Topo sits atop the Eastern Hotel. Photo: Steven Siewert; Domino Postiglione; Steve Lunam Campari, chocolate bitters, and soda served on the rocks with a wedge of blood orange. 8.45pm @ Bootleg Bar & Italian Food, Potts Point 175 Victoria Street, 9361 3884 We've missed the daily happy hour but are feeling perky when we slice through the sleaze of Kings Cross and into Bootleg Bar. Bartender Owen Lyons mashes up his signature cocktail: a Bloody Martini made with home-made consomme. The quality of the food and drink here is evidenced by its popularity; the place is packed. Try the pastrami, which owner and chef Rob Gal brines and smokes on-site himself. 9.30pm @ Bottleneck Bar & Eatery, Darlinghurst 229 Darlinghurst Road, 0422 263 226 Word on the street is that it's the unofficial opening night at the Bottleneck Bar & Eatery, an offshoot of Eau de Vie, so we feel obliged to check it out. Here, it's all about the (meat)balls, boutique brews and Bloody Marys. As well as creating cracking cocktails, the pocket-size space is helping to alleviate the bottleneck queues curling out the door at Eau de Vie. 10.05pm @ the Hazy Rose, Darlinghurst 83 Stanley Street, 9357 5036 Hazy Rose is dangerously decadent, with a 1920s bordello-like feel. Our moustachioed bartender Brendan Keown keeps the conversation and cocktails flowing. His ''riff on the Mint Julep'' is, my husband says, "like a kick up the backside". 10.30pm @ Love, Tilly Devine, Darlinghurst 91 Crown Lane, 9326 9297 Hidden down a back alley in Darlinghurst is this dinky little Brooklyn-style bar named after the former east Sydney brothel madam, which, tonight, is crammed with a clued-up crowd of young city workers. Hastings River rock oysters, opened to order, are $3.50 each and pair well with a crisp glass of riesling -- which the wine list states is "the best drink in this bar/the best drink in any bar''. 10.55pm @ Red Lily Cocktail Bar, Darlinghurst 60 Crown Lane, 9698 4355 A hop, skip and a jump away is Red Lily, the sort of place you end up by happy accident and don't want to leave. Although it feels as if we gatecrashed an intimate party, we receive a warm welcome at this old-Saigon-styled bar, which backs on to the latest Nguyen family restaurant, Red Lantern on Riley. The chilli- salted squid is reason enough to visit. Add to the mix some soft Asian vintage soul, Vietnamese beers, classic cocktails, lightning- quick service and fabulous Asian street food and you have one seriously seductive small bar. 11.30pm @ Shady Pines Saloon, Darlinghurst 256 Crown Street, no phone After a quick cab ride across town, we arrive at a nondescript building, push past a white curtain and stumble down some stairs into what appears to be an urban lumberjack convention: there are beards and check shirts everywhere. "I have beard envy," my husband says. As well as keeping the art of taxidermy alive and well, Shady Pines is big and dirty and brash and raucous and right out of an American book of cliches. As the country and western music is turned up, so is the vibe. And according to my hastily scrawled notes, we loved it! Ask the bartender to whip you up an Old Pal -- equal parts whisky, sweet vermouth and Campari. 11.50pm @ Tio's, Surry Hills 14 Foster Street, no phone Before we turn into pumpkins, we detour to Tio's, where it's all about the tequila, tinnies and tacos. It's close to closing time, but our tattooed bartender makes time to fizz and swizzle up our last drink for the night, the El Roberto Especial -- tequila with fresh apple juice, mint, coriander, parsley, lime and cucumber. This Guatemalan-themed small bar has taken inspiration from Shady Pines and run with it: it feels like a cluttered and eclectic Latin-flavoured emporium dedicated to fun. Wearing stupid grins, we toast to a night of being wild and reckless, knock back our last bevvy and stumble to a cab. More bar reviews at
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