Ginny’s Canoe Club


199 Clarence Street
Sydney, 2000 NSW
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Opening Hours

SUN 5:00pm - 12:00am
MON closed
TUE closed
WED 5:00pm - 12:00am
THU 5:00pm - 12:00am
FRI 5:00pm - 12:00am
SAT 5:00pm - 12:00am

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Various plates and cocktails from Ginny's Canoe Club

Good news: one of Sydney's best bars has officially expanded its footprint.

Old Mate's Place has been a favourite in Sydney thanks to its hidden entrance, its cosy city rooftop, and its top-tier cocktails (these guys invented the Mi Goreng Bloody Mary).

Now, the Old Mate's crew has taken on the lease of the basement of the same building—and they have a few special things in store. 

For now, the basement bar is Ginny's Canoe Club. It's essentially a limited-run pop-up while the team schemes for a full renovation of the space and something "really special", says co-owner Dre Walters. Ginny's is inspired by co-owner Adam Cork's mum Ginny, her generous hospitality and her travels around the world. 

The vibe is eclectic and easygoing—and they've queued up some serious talent to help. Evan Stroeve from RE is on board to help shake up some cocktails, which have been kept unfussy and designed to match the impressive snack menu. That said, these guys know what they're doing—so you can be sure you'll be treated to some next-level booze. 

The "Mjango Unchained" cocktail is a mix of mango puree, house Chardonnay, white rum, coconut, ginger, and lime. There's a pickled jalapeno Tommy's, a "New Coffee Cocktail" with spiced tequila, and a Dark Side with activated charcoal and dehydrated basil. 

The wine list is short and punchy: a few approachable drops from Australia and around the world alongside some baller bottles if you're not here to mess around. 

To eat, Chef Joey Astorga (ex-Cho Cho San and Smalls Deli) is whipping up crab sandwiches, saffron mussel tostadas, and warm tacos filled with flavours from all around the world. Think jerk spiced chicken with salsa roja, eggplant and creole sauce, and blue mackerel with tomato and rhubarb. 

Ginny's Canoe Club is here for a good time, not a long time. Book your spot here

Image credit: Old Mate's Place

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