It's not often that inner-city Sydney bars can shake off the corporate culture that pervades the area, but Since I Left You manages to feel like a small neighbourhood haunt, oozing charm (and booze) in its dimly-lit interior. It's 1920s speakeasy feel, with the reclaimed wooden bar and industrial courtyard is offset by a modern approach, complete with upbeat service and an effortlessly cool funk/soul soundtrack.
The bar staff at Since I Left You regularly offer blackboard drink specials as well as their signature cocktails, a concise list of international and local wines and shelves stocked with spirits.
Everything is designed to be shared so of course there's a menu of some of our favourite things in life; cheeseburger toasties, mac 'n' cheese waffles and some pretty damn delicious poké bowls. We'll have all the food, thanks!
We know you're all ready to head down to this joint, but before you do, listen in because we just found another reason and it might just trump the lot. This June (on the 13 June, to be exact) SILY is hosting a Mario Kart Championship (on Nintendo 64, duh) because the only thing better than challenging your mates to a Mario Kart dual in the comfort of your own home is doing it with a bartender and epic toasties handy. Head here for all the deets and to register.
Image credit: Caitlin Hicks