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Lifestyle : Sydneys Small Bars Special Report
1HERSA1 0015 iG5785196AA-260213 iG5785142AB-260213 Open 7 Days | 7 Cope St, Redfern | 02 8068 4470 Quality Beer and Cider on tap, Cocktails and Fine Wines. Specialty snacks served till close. arcadialiquors.com http://www.facebook.com/pages/Arcadia-Liquors Rock versus hip-hop . . . (from left) Mojo Record Bar in the city; Newtown's New York-inspired The Midnight Special. Photo: Edwina Pickles, Fiona Morris BEST FOR THE WINE BUFFS 121BC 4/50 Holt Street, Surry Hills The secret's out that this slim little bottle shop-bar in a backstreet of Surry Hills is pouring the best wines from Italy and surrounds. Sommelier Giorgio De Maria is the best in the game and the tapas by Andrew Cibej of Berta and Vini is just as good. Take a seat under the spectacular light-bulb chandelier and enjoy this neighbourhood enoteca named the best bar with food in The Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food Guide. BUT DON'T FORGET: Timbah -- an attractive bar hidden behind Tim Smith's Little Bottle Shop in Glebe. 375 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe. BEST EXCUSE TO DRESS UP PALMER & CO Abercrombie Lane, city Every inch of Merivale's 1920s speakeasy was given the Midas touch, from the spectacular glassware to the soul singer in the corner. It seems only right to put on your best frock to fit in with the dapper bow-tie-wearing bartenders and waitresses in vintage flapper dresses and costume jewellery. ''It's about coming into Palmer & Co and feeling like you've stepped back in time,'' the general manager of Establishment, David Clifton, says. BUT DON'T FORGET: Gardel's Bar -- a small bar atop Porteno serving beautiful snacks and elegant cocktails with a healthy dose of old- world rockabilly charm. 358 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills. BEST NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD GEM THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL 44 Enmore Road, Newtown Pickle backs, rye whisky, hip-hop, tattoos and hot dawgs make for a darn good neighbourhood bar on the fringe of Newtown. Its three owners fell in love with the dive bars of New York's lower east side and have brought the ''whatever goes'' vibe to the inner west. ''We just got jealous that there was nothing like this back home,'' owner Cristian O'Sullivan says. It can be dark, squishy and loud but find a spot in the corner and you'll be settling in for the night. BUT DON'T FORGET: The Little Guy -- if you're not throwing popcorn and dancing on the bar with the staff at closing time here then you've come on the wrong night. 87 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. BEST SUBURBAN DREAM THE BARON COFFEE SHOP AND SMALL BAR Shop 461, 4-16 Castle Street, Castle Hill This buzzing coffee shop transforms into a cute little bar on Friday and Saturday nights, serving up whisky, wine and beer with some delicious, hearty meals. ''We got drunk one night and decided that there needed to be something like this in the area,'' says Ricki Row, one of the bar's three young owners who have smashed the stereotype of the 'burbs being dreary after dark. Most of the goods are made in-house and the organic meats and boutique ciders are top notch. BUT DON'T FORGET: Super Bon -- a neat wine bar on the upper north shore with plenty of good plonk and decent food on the side. Shop 10, 2 Memorial Avenue, St Ives. BEST COCKTAILS THE ROOSEVELT 32 Orwell Street, Potts Point The cocktails are a work of art at this elegant spot, once owned by the legendary King of the Cross, Abe Saffron. Liquid nitrogen, fancy trolleys, mind-blowing ingredients and a little magic from the city's best bartenders all go into making some of the finest cocktails this side of New Orleans. Fatten up your wallet and prepare to indulge. ''We want to be the Noma or the Tetsuya's of drinks,'' owner Sven Almenning says. BUT DON'T FORGET: The Hazy Rose -- an impressive collection of spirits go into some simple but brilliantly made cocktails at this understated little bar. 83 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst. BEST ALL-ROUND NEWCOMER ARCADIA LIQUORS 7 Cope Street, Redfern There's nothing particularly ground- breaking about this Redfern local and that's the beauty of it. ''It's not meant to be a wine bar, it's not meant to be anything really,'' owner David Jank says. The warm lights invite you in and the cheap wine, ciders and cocktails keep you all night long. Odd bric-a- brac and creeper vines adorn the walls, and the staff are the kind who will know your name soon enough. This is everything the small bar movement is about. 15 goodfood .com .au The Sydney Morning Herald Thirsty for more?
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