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Lifestyle : Sydneys Small Bars Special Report
1HERSA1 0014 iG5735512AA-260213 3/362 Military Road, Cremorne NSW 2090 (Next to Hayden Orpheum Theatre) PH 02 9904 5687 www.woodenspoonbar.com.au Bar / Tapas / Functions / Catering Wine, beer, cocktails, spirits & food 350 Military Road Cremorne w. vinobravo.com.au fb. facebook.com/vinobravowinebar tw. twitter.com/vinobravo2090 G5789273AB-260213 Designed in house for your restaurant bar or club wine wholesaler Enquires:- (02) 9310 1808 or firstname.lastname@example.org *No minimum order *No set up costs *One week turn around *No price point *No bin ends or cheap clean skins 14 goodfood TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2013 small bars special report Wine wonderland . . . Circular Quay's tapas and wine bar, Tapavino. Photo: Sahlan Hayes From little things big things grow A reduction in red tape has led to a revolution which is far from over, writes Rachel Olding. WHAT A DIFFERENCE four years can make. Dotted throughout the city's laneways, neighbourhoods, red-light districts, basements and old laundromats is a breed of bar once unknown to Sydneysiders. They are tiny, quirky and a labour of love for their owners. Since the state government slashed the red tape and costs required to open a bar with a capacity of fewer than 120 people, the dream has well and truly come alive. ''I think people were really over the lack of opportunity,'' says lord mayor Clover Moore, who championed the new small bar laws in 2008. ''People just love the small bars. I know when I've done a bit of a bar crawl, they've all been full and I think it's great.'' With more than 80 small bars now open, a bevy of newcomers is heralding the next wave. Bartenders from some of the most successful small bars have opened their own establishments, while other young entrepreneurs have seen the success around them and taken the plunge. Here are some of the best new small bars to join Sydney's growing fraternity. BEST NEW ROCK'N'ROLL MOJO RECORD BAR Basement, 73 York Street, city With a record store out the front and a dark, velvety-red bar at the back, Mojo is a music lover's heaven. Old posters line the walls and dusty vinyls get a spin on the pristine sound system. ''There's no specific genre that we play -- it might be blues, rock, surf music, psychedelic, anything with the right vibe for the night,'' co-owner Daniel McManus says. The cocktails are darn good, too, and wood- fired pizzas are delivered hot from neighbouring Taglio. BUT DON'T FORGET: Vasco -- a super-cool, Italian rock'n'roll-inspired bar by Max Greco, formerly a star bartender at Eau-de-Vie. 421 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills. BEST POSTCARD FROM ABROAD TAPAVINO 6-8 Bulletin Place, Circular Quay If you squint and imbibe just enough of the excellent sherry on offer, you could almost be in Spain in this sleek little tapas bar. Bottles of wine line the walls, while spectacular jamon and rich tapas by ex-Buzo chefs Renee Anderson and Anna Knight bring a classy slice of the Mediterranean to a Circular Quay laneway. Thank the owner, Frank Dilernia, for the cultural education. ''Mum's Spanish and dad's Italian, but I definitely grew up as a Spaniard,'' he says. BUT DON'T FORGET: Foley Lane -- a whitewashed bar tucked behind Taylor Square and manned by two mates who traversed South America and brought back fresh tapas and lively cocktails. 371-373 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst. BEST NEW CITY BOLTHOLE BULLETIN PLACE Level 1, 10-14 Bulletin Place, Circular Quay Three mates from Melbourne have transformed a tiny, warm room above a coffee shop in downtown Circular Quay into the best city-centre discovery. Bulletin Place is decorated like your mum's kitchen and run like your best mate's lounge room. Cocktails are made with the best market produce and bottles of wine are opened ad hoc. ''We saw this laneway in Circular Quay and it felt like Melbourne,'' owner Robb Sloan says. ''There's a great energy to the area.'' BUT DON'T FORGET: The Rook, a hip, graffiti- covered rooftop bar drawing the city crowd for after-work champagne, lobster and wagyu burgers. Level 7, 56-58 York Street, city. More bar reviews
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