2010 was the year of the small bar. With so many cool little things opening up all over the place though, it can be difficult to wade through the list, so here's a few you should check out.
The pop up bars: Greenhouse, The Island
Pop up bars generally inhabit filthy back alleys and disused inner city haunts..so one of the things that makes this latest pop up so special is a million dollar Dawes Point view.
As the name implies, the idea behind the bar isn't just pop-up cool though, but a project driven by the challenge to become as green as possible. Architect Joost Bakker and Jason Chan's amazing project features as many salvaged, recycled and reusable elements as possible...and it isn't lip service:
Greenhouse mills its own flour, grows its own herbs and composts all organic waste, amongst a laundry list of inspired green processes. The food menu includes pleasingly simple food including pizza and pasta, as well as killer coffee to boot. Greenhouse will stick around Sydney for just a few more weeks, so be sure to check it out, before it uproots and goes on tour.
Monday - Saturday 7:30am - Midnight
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Sunday 10:00am - 10:00pm
(Brunch, Lunch and Dinner)
Where: Dawe's Point, Sydney
More here: Greenhouse by Joost
If you haven't already jumped on a ferry to check out the latest and greatest from that little island in the harbour that brought you the Biennale and the Cockatoo Island Festival (or as it was endearingly labelled 'Cockfest'), until April 10, the island plays host to an island paradise in the form of a bar. A great place to order a few expertly mixed cocktails by 2010 Bartender of the Year - Marco Faraone, the shipping container bar also features shared plates for al fresco dining.
Open: Tuesday - Sunday 12.30pm - 8.30pm
Where: Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour
More here: The Island Bar
Hunky Dory Social Club
Darlinghurst locals have been waiting for this baby to open for months. Standing dormant, with the promise of 'the next cool bar', Hunky Dory Social Club is finally open, and suffice to say, it was worth the wait.
Featuring exposed brick walls, contrasting with fancy light fixtures and a rooftop garden, it's a multi levelled bar adventure, starting with food on the ground floor at Bruno's...expect simple, rustic Italian favourites including pizza and pasta, then head upstairs to the middle level - cosy corners made for sipping Aperol and orange juice - and further north to the rooftop terrace for comfy Chesterfields and a fantastic view of our fair city. Hunky Dory indeed.
When: Tues-Sun, 12pm-12am
Where: 215 Oxford St, Darlinghurst