143 George Street, Sydney (02) 9241 2999 thepushbar.com.au
Poet Banjo Patterson described the 19th century larrikin Rocks Push gang as ‘wiry, hard-faced little fellows’. Jump a hundred years and The Push was still rebellious but with a left wing group who met over a meal and a beer. Now, in the 21st century The Push (under The Russell Hotel) is the newest small bar in The Rocks, and The Larrikin is a signature muddled Jack Daniels cocktail. All of the signatures and classic cocktails on Gemma Williamson’s list are great value at $16. Substantial bar food has an Aussie meets British meets American feel and starts with substantial $7 snacks which are all porky and impressive: traditional pork pie, Scotch egg, sausage roll – and worth a visit in themselves. As a tourist area we sometimes often overlook The Rocks – this new makeover gets it right for locals and visitors alike.