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Bar Fly: Newtown Social Club

The Newtown Social Club's fancy renovation has taken a lot of balls. Meatballs, to be precise. Once reminiscent of your generic sticky-floored pub, the Social has recently been transformed into a hip and inviting place.

Bar Fly: Kubrick’s

While many small bars are going down the American or speakeasy route, it's refreshing to see one quirky Darlinghurst bar doing things differently. Kubrick's, situated on Stanley Street (get it?) has bright white walls punctuated by funky geometric wall sculptures and angular murals.

Bloody Mary’s

Garnished with a slider, hot wing, and prawn, The Bloody Hell ($25) is without a doubt the most ridiculous cocktail I’ve ever seen. A chilli-infused Bloody Mary, it is but one of ten variations of the classic at the appropriately named Bloody Mary’s, made with in-house blended tomato juice, and with a spice wall for heat customisation.

Bar Fly: The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room

If you'd have asked me 24 hours ago how I felt about oysters, I would have probably made a comment about them being glorified sea boogers, but a preview evening at The Morrison's Oyster Festival forced me out of my ignorant shell and made me see these flawless little pearlers in a new light.

Food News – Only Bitters

With speakeasy-style bars upping the craft cocktail ante, it’s likely your home-based concoctions have been lagging behind. Mine certainly were before I fast-tracked my home bartending skills using a swathe of clever products from Only Bitters.

Basement 33

Amidst the hustle and bustle of Goulburn Street’s Haymarket end, is nestled a brand new hidden bar gem, worthy of any nightlife veteran’s attention.

Bar Fly: Miss Peaches

Stepping into Miss Peaches feels like you've been transported straight to America's Deep South. Think crunchy fried green tomatoes, homemade mac 'n' cheese and crispy fried chicken. Deeeelicious.

Bar Fly: Barrio Cellar

Margaritas, a mariachi band and a Naked Lady in each hand... what more could you ask for on a Wednesday night? Overtaking Spice Cellar's spot on Elizabeth Street is Barrio Chino's new venture – Barrio Cellar: a late night Mexican cantina bar that trades until 3am.

Bar Fly: The Smoking Panda

I was eyeing up the maple and bacon-infused bourbon when a suit-clad silver fox sidled up to me and said: "If you drink that, every man in this bar will fall madly in love with you."

Civilian Bar & Kitchen

Polished concrete, dark wood, bare light bulbs, and heavy slab tables— Civilian has a ready decor for inner-city cool. Come on a Friday and the Passionfruit Sour ($17)—sweet, smoky with mescal, and topped with thick Italian meringue— is a bargain at ten bucks, and comes with complimentary (and tremendously compelling) truffled popcorn.