17 December 2009

Name This Bar: Small Bar, Darlinghurst (16 Dec 2009)

197 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

So new it's nameless

This bar reminds me of a more grungy version of Pocket Bar combined with a bit of urban Kings Vault casualness but without the crowds — although I think it's on the verge of becoming a lot more popular like most of the small bars that have been popping up in Sydney. It's been open for only a week and the owner still hasn't come up with a name for the bar so if you have any ideas you're more than welcome to write them on the wall — or even if you don't it's great therapy just writing anything on a wall (legally). It's quite large and actually used to be a nightclub so at least it has the storage space for proper wine glasses which Ching-a-lings sadly can't provide. Happy Hour is currently between 4-7 pm each day and they serve freshly steamed homemade dumplings of 6 different fillings. I really like the down-to-earth matter-of-fact decor and openness of the place combined with the non-matching second hand casual furniture and walls full of creative ramblings. The dumplings are a great idea for an easy snack and I think they hope to introduce cheese plates in the future.

Other small bars visited:
Grasshopper - 27 May 2010
Name This Bar - 16 Dec 2009
Ching-a-lings - 10 Sept 2009
Pocket Bar - 18 Aug 2009
Pocket Bar - 18 June 2009

Greenstone Point Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Marlborough NZ $28/bottle

Dumplings Chives and Prawn, BBQ Duck, Scallop $10 for 4

Dumplings menu

Insert Ideas Here

My scribbles. I'd like to call it the '1800 Bar'

Cocktail menus written on left over construction boards

The dancefloor

The bar

View looking out to Oxford Street

Cushions galore all bought for only $33 apparently


3 hungry tummies said...

It's grest to see nice smaller bars like this sprung up in Sydney recently!

Maria@TheGourmetChallenge said...

lol, this reminds me of the vegemite fiasco. Maybe they'll rename it iBar2.0

Simon Leong said...

hi 3 hungry tummies, seems to be happening more and more these days.

hi maria, iBar2.0 actually sounds like a pretty cool name for the times. you should suggest it :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi simon.

You are a fair dickhead who seems to have very little idea about what is going on.

Love your blog!


Simon Leong said...

hi tommy, that's one interesting comment? sort of a hate/love comment? can't quite work it out but thanks for dropping by anyway, I think? :-)

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