Top Floor, 17 Randle Street, Surry Hills (02) 9212 3814 facebook.com/brooklynsocialsydney
I’m so full; I think this might be how I die… death by fried chicken. Brooklyn Social is both late-night rock’n’roll bar and delightfully sleazy diner, decked out in dark wood, exposed light bulbs, and vintage signage. While the kitchen (open until 1.30am) tries to kill me with deep-fried affection in the form of Mac & Cheese Balls ($6), and Fried Chicken ‘n’ Waffles ($12), I delve into the New York-inspired cocktail menu (all $17). The light, citrusy, gin-based Simon Was Right is followed by a Spiced Old Fashioned made with cinnamon-infused bourbon, but – surrounded by homely and delicious deep-fried everything – I keep stealing my date’s “quaffable” Brooklyn Lager ($8). I can see myself coming back here for some late-night debauchery (dancing on tables is both permitted and encouraged), but I can also tell, as I watch my date inject our Homemade Cinnamon Doughnut ($6) with caramel syrup in an overly suggestive way, that this is the destination for all future late-night feasts.