27-33 Goulburn Street, Sydney (02) 8970 5813 basement33.com
It might give off a karaoke bar vibe from the outside, but descend into the depths of this basement bar and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the hipster-ific pizzeria that awaits you below street level. Situated on the edge of Chinatown, Basement 33 is probably best described as a posh Frankie’s… minus the price tag. While there are a number of dishes on offer, the focus at this bar is on New York-style Italian pizzas and cool cocktails. My date and I shared a Me So Chorizo ($16) with chorizo, fresh tomato, mozzarella, butternut pumpkin and rocket. And because everyone should experience the joy that is eating pizza and quaffing Champagne, my date went for a Champagne fruit smoothie called 33 Times a Day ($17). I chose a signature cocktail called The Underground ($17) – a mix of gin and lime topped with secret B33 foam that basically tasted like I was drinking a liquid gummy bear. No regrets.