In a basement on the cusp of Kings Cross, this bar has the ambience of a Nick Cave murder ballad – exposed bulbs, flaking walls and an abundance of bearded men; you could be in an ancient mineshaft. Until you see the menu: changing seasonally, produce is free-range and ethically sourced. The Grass-Fed Burger ($16) is whizzing around the room, surprising, as it’s ‘steak night’ tonight. The bar already has a strong local following and they’re now keeping punters entertained with live music on Fridays. A mix of “gypsy jazz and blues,” is sure to go down a treat with the ‘local’s special’- five buck craft beers by Young Henry’s from 5-7pm. We snack on Haloumi Mozzarella Croquettes ($14), they’re more like balls but let’s not be pedantic – they taste bloody good; as does an elegant Pickled Green Mango ($9) with crushed pumpkin seeds. Though don’t be fooled, her scotch bonnets are smoking hot! If you’re settling in for the night, try the Hickory Smoked Pork Belly ($24) with pickled slaw, a smear of apple sauce and candied walnuts – a fancy, but hearty piece of swine! By the way, a growler is a type of beer bottle. Get out of the gutter – this is Woolloomooloo, darling.
216-218 William Street, Woolloomooloo
Bar, Bar Food, Booze $$