The Sunshine Inn
You might assume that opening a new venue in 2020 right after a global pandemic is impossible, but the legends behind Leichhardt’s best-hidden gem, Golden Gully, beg to differ. Renovating and taking over the old Redfern Continental and GDR site, The Sunshine Inn is set to be a spot for natural wine, local beers, Australian-style cocktails, and an affordable and impressive vegetarian degustation. So basically, it's shaping up to be your next favourite Inner West date spot.
In the front bar space, The Sunshine Inn will focus on offering an uncompromisingly delicious range of beers, wines and cocktails. You can expect all your local craft beer favourites on tap and in fresh tinnies, with rotating taps from neighbouring Inner West brewers. The wine list will “showcase the best of Australia’s budding natural scene but won’t sacrifice taste for trend,” emphasising quality and accessibility.
The Sunshine Inn’s short-short wearing and wonderful curly mullet-sporting co-owner, Dan McBride has also put together an unreal two-part cocktail list. The first will feature signature Australiana cocktails using Aussie spirit producers like Starward, Westwinds, Regal Rogue, Mobius Distilling, and Brix. Expect local drinks like a Brix Daiquiri, a Redfern Street Sour and an "Auspresso" espresso martini. The second list will use a broader range of overseas spirits needed to create the classics we all know and love, with some slight twists.
Food will be headed up by executive chef, Emma Evans (Alibi, Golden Gully). Evans will be plating up honest vegetarian eats that will blow you away—think fancy potato scallops, jalapeno poppers, and even a vego meatball sub. The menu is almost entirely plant-based, save for a burrata dish and a cheese plate filled with NSW cheeses. Of course, it’s all seasonal and local, picked from Sydney’s markets. “Using seasonal, local ingredients is good for everyone, it drives down costs that we can pass onto our diners, it helps local growers, it helps the environment and best of all it just tastes damn good,” says Evans.
Formerly Gunther’s Dining Room or GDR, hidden through the back of The Sunshine Inn is the intimate DD’s restaurant. What was once a 70s-style dive bar is now a cocktail lounge and a space for plant-based degustation, decked out in red velvet and an Art Deco-style chandelier. You can choose between three, four or five courses, with the latter coming in at only $59 per person.
"It’s still playful and not too serious,” says McBride. “I think it will be a great date spot.”
As for the new look and feel of The Sunshine Inn and DD’s, it’s hit the mark between an exciting new layout—and the warm and friendly feel of a much-loved Sydney establishment you’ve been drinking at for years.
The Sunshine Inn bills itself as a “neighbourhood bar and restaurant”. If you’ve already had the pleasure of visiting Leichhardt’s Golden Gully, with its front window wide open to Norton St residents walking past, you’ll understand they’re not lying about being familiar with locals. You’ll also know that their entire vibe is heavily focussed on genuine and friendly service.
So, when you check out the new Redfern digs, we challenge you to walk out of there without a big smile on your face.
Image credit: The Sunshine Inn