63 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Over more than twenty years I’ve noticed The Flinders Hotel has undergone more makeovers than a drag queen performing at StoneWall and these days its latest incarnation is aiming to be a New York style dive bar. Almost anything goes in the decor ranging from stacked Aussie retro beer cans, random carvings on the wooden bar top, kitsch memorabilia, graffiti and even a very naughty cheerleader poster promoting self gratification. There’s vintage washing basins in the old skool boys toilet and an aptly named cubicle with 'POOVILLE' graffited on the wall. Vintage glass light shades provide nice ambient lighting and every possible nook and cranny seems to be filled with mostly weird and crazy objects to amuse the patrons.
I used to think Pocket Bar was the most indy and grunge style bar around but The Flinders Hotel will now make it look pretty tame. There seems to be a no name signage policy outside except for a phone number and a large Cold Beer flashing neon sign which for some reason reminds me of Moe’s Tavern in The Simpsons. Apparently upstairs will soon be reopened to serve drinks and food which will have it’s own intriguing and creative theme to be decided — I can’t wait to revisit and check it out. At moment bar food seems to only consist of Sausage Rolls ($5) or Jaffles du juor ($3/half) — I wonder if 'du jour' has been misspelt on purpose?
Other reviews of The Flinders Hotel:
PROS: Interesting decor and atmosphere, drinks were about the usual inner city prices without being too exorbitant, Open til late
CONS: Won't be everyones cup of tea, limited bar food at the moment
MUST TRY: Revisiting when upstairs is reopened
Bar, lighting and decoration
Thursdays free life coaching notice — is that for real?
Beer stacking feature sculpture