If you thought you were having a hectic end to the year, just spare a thought for the busy bees behind Sydney’s newest batch of bars, rounding out 2017 with a flurry of activity and gifting us with an array of great new drinking spots. From a hard-to-find basement haunt, to a circus-themed funhouse, here are Sydney’s new bar openings for December 2017.
Surry Hills’ unique new venue Soul Trap is both a small bar and a millinery workshop, inspired by the owner’s own foray into hat-making. It’s a cosy haunt, with moody lighting, a great menu of French-style drinking fare, and a signature cocktail list that’s worth writing home about. The tunes are exclusively retro and the collection of mistelle is downright impressive.
Just in time for those sweet summer afternoons, Sydney’s welcomed a leafy new rooftop bar dedicated to rosé. Dubbed The Fernery, it’s made its home in a sunny space in Mosman, featuring a lush garden terrace, a special gin room and a restaurant menu centred around treats from the wood-fire Josper grill.
The Holey Moley team has been extra busy this month, launching the fun and fabulous Archie Brothers Electric Circus in Alexandria. An immersive, circus-themed funhouse, it’s got booths inspired by carnival rides, a solid collection of arcade games and DJ’s spinning tunes through the night. To tempt your taste buds, there’s also retro-style diner fare and plenty of wild and wacky cocktails.
The Burrow Bar boys have teamed up with the folks at Sydney Rum Club to deliver the CBD pop-up bar of your summer lovin’ dreams. Called Lost Luau, it’ll run through to March 2018, promising a tropical-themed offering of rum cocktails and Tiki concoctions from a line-up of guest bartenders, along with Caribbean bites designed by chef Phil Spence.
The funsters at Holey Moley have opened a Castle Hill venue, this time with a beefed-up offering complete with 18-hole mini golf course, private karaoke rooms, cocktail bar, escape room, and 10-lane bowling alley. Enjoy buckets of fun, matched to some classic American sports bar fare and beers served from towers.
Penrith’s bar scene just stepped up its game a few notches, with the arrival of Mr Watkins – a smart little spot that invites adventurous drinking. Booze here runs to an impressive range of craft beer, signature cocktails and a sommelier-curated wine selection, sitting neatly alongside the kitchen’s menu of globally-inspired shares and snacks.
Norsk Dor has poured its last drinks, replaced by a charming cocktail and wine bar called Door Knock. The subterranean space is now home to a quaint and cosy operation, slinging funked-up signature cocktails, natural wines, and snappy plates like smoked beef tartare and fried chicken with salted daikon. Hard to find, but worth the effort.