347 Kent St, Sydney (02) 9299 4877 mrtipplys.com.au
There are several large African and Oriental portrait-murals in the downstairs of Mr Tippy’s. Moroccan tiles encase the bar and medina blue is the feature wall colour. I’m here for the gin cart, a portable trolley of G&Ts (options: Tanqueray 10, Hendricks and Larios with Schweppes tonic water) wheeled by an amiable waitress. Sipping one, and in the gaze of one of the exotic murals, I’m starting to feel like I’m in an imperial British tearoom outpost. This is especially so in ‘The Attic’, the more lushly fitted out upstairs area, where they’ll serve you a yet-to-be-named maple syrup Old Fashioned (set to run $19) that is festively spicy, as well as some food. Tempura rock shrimp with chilli mayo. ($19) are solid bar nosh, and, with the DJ already well and truly on at 6pm on a Friday, everything is lined up for the inevitable excess of a few cocktails.