Level 1, The Flinders Hotel, 63-65 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst (02) 9356 3633 facebook.com/TheHideDarlinghurst
Upstairs at The Hide, I just wanted to roll around on the floor in the animal skins and get all tactile. Instead, I settled for a bit of dancing on them. “The music is good here,” the Bar Bloke had texted me when he was first to arrive. So it wasn’t just the elegant whisky cocktails and bottle of Evoi Cabernet Blend 2010 that got me on my feet. The playlist at The Hide, was indeed good; a little bit rock’n’roll, which swings well with the two-thirds Gentlemen’s Club/one-third rock’n’roll – leather, velvet, feathers – lair. The Hide wine bar is a sexy space – warm and cosy, yet cosmopolitan; like a glass of great red, that has fruit and spice up front, but carries a long finish, it wraps you in its arms and doesn’t let go.