Mondays. Officially THE worst day of the week, amirite? As we all know, the only cure for Mondayitis is wine, but for some unfathomable reason, the dreaded First Day of the Week is also the day many of our most trusted drinking holes choose to bolt their doors and leave us weeping in the streets, begging for one (just one!) consolatory glass of pinot gris. Luckily for us, a few Sydney bars are taking pity on our plight.
Small but perfectly formed, the award winning Owl House take their food and drink pairing seriously. Known for their eclectic menu and a carefully curated drinks list that features wines from five of the world’s continents, the small restaurant and cocktail bar is the perfect antidote to a bad day. Counteract the Monday blues with cocktails and snacks in the red-lit ground floor bar area, or head upstairs and spoil yourself with a six-course degustation served with matching cocktails and wine.
The latest addition to Chippendale’s Kensington Street, Bar Chinois is a French-Asian terrace style bar with something different to offer every night of the week. Head down for Croque Monsieur & Madame Mondays and tuck into a tasty version of the French classic with smoked ham, gruyere cheese, béchamel and cauliflower pickle paired with a well deserved French Martini, then stay til late sampling their famous teapot cocktails—‘Coco Chanel’ on a Monday night? It would be rude not to.
Put your woes to rights with a large glass of pinot noir and a side of zucchini fries at this intimate Neutral Bay corner bar. A favourite amongst Sydney’s northsiders, Firefly makes for a perfect escape from the winter chills with warm lighting, dark wood furnishings and rustic share plates. Red wine lovers take heed, the back bar here plays host to an ever-growing library of over eighty pinot noir varietals—enough to get you through even the worst of Mondays.
Located inside the historic Angel Hotel, Merivale’s old school whisky bar is as nostalgic as they come—think lush velvet upholstery, ornate glass fronted cabinets and rich leather interiors, alongside a comprehensive drinks list that includes whiskies from as far afield as Scotland, Canada and Japan. Open Monday through to Saturday, here’s where to go if you’re looking for polished service, knowledgeable bar staff and a side of vintage glamour. Start the week as you mean to go on we say!
If bars with a view are your thing, then Henry Deane is a must. Located on the top floor and rooftop of Millers Point’s Palisade Hotel, the recently opened two storey cocktail bar offers unparalleled views across Sydney’s waterways. But it’s not just the vista that will take your breath away—the bar’s interiors are the work of Sydney design guru Sibella Court, who has decked the space out in soft pink leathers, copious amounts of marble and gorgeous copper finishings. Don’t leave without sampling the stand out cocktail list, where house blended spirits and sophisticated flavour pairings take centre stage.
Ramblin' Rascal Tavern
Sydney’s small bar scene has come a long way in the last couple of years, with Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern emerging as one of its front-runners. The brainchild of ex-Swillhouse crewmembers, the dimly lit bar is hidden away on the corner of Park and Elizabeth Streets, surreptitiously marked by a door with three skulls. Inside, the vibe is unpretentious, with cult movie posters, red carpeting, cosy booths and friendly, bearded bar staff on hand to guide you through an all-Australian wine and beer list.
The Little Guy
Set inside an old shopfront in the heart of buzzing Glebe Point Road, The Little Guy is made up of three diminutive rooms, cheerfully filled with hanging plants, potted greenery and retro paraphernalia that give the spot a welcoming home-from-home feel. Specialising in Aussie craft beers, small label wines and an ever-changing cocktail list, head down every Monday for their ever popular trivia night, and chow down on bowls of complementary spiced popcorn whilst you get your grey matter in gear.
Greasy kebab not quite cutting it in your quest for a midnight feast? Head to Low302, where tasty small plates and share dishes such as cheese and charcuterie boards are available til 2am every night of the week. Take a seat on the open verandah overlooking Crown Street and indulge in a spot of people watching, or step inside and soak up the mellow surrounds, replete with red velvet curtains, a grand piano and corner stage that often plays host to local jazz and blues talent. We could think of worse ways to spend a Monday night.
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