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Bar Fly: Mr Moustache

It takes a while to convince my date to try the worm salt. At first glance, Mr Moustache looks like a typical, elegant, upmarket Bondi bar, but this Mexican-inspired cantina has the third largest collection of mescal in the world.

Bar Fly: Lonely Only For You

After trying most of owner Amelia’s favourite wines, and eating an entire cheese board ($10/person), we come to the tipsy conclusion that Curtis Mayfield is really, really awesome.

Bar Fly: Sky Terrace

It’s like a mini (suit-filled) street festival on the rooftop of the casino. There are food tents serving tasty Chicken Quesadillas ($10) and Grilled Pork ($8), bars scattered around the perimeter, a gaming tent, drinks served in blue plastic cups and…oh…a bongo player.

Bar Fly: Bondy’s

My date takes one look at the black, pink and bright turquoise décor of Bondy's and promptly declares a striking similarity to the board shorts he had in high school.

Bar Fly: Vine

This cathedral-like space, with its vaulted ceilings and simple, light décor, is designed to be a wine bar, with an impressive list of well-chosen wines, like my intense Slovenian Dveri Pax Pinot Gris ($11/glass).

Bar Fly: The Smoking Panda

We’re very distracted by the jellyfish propelling themselves slowly around their circular tank. This is not just because we’ve had too many cocktails.

Bar Fly: The Angry Pirate

“Sometimes theme bars are just half-arsed,” says Chris, as he lets me taste The Angry Pirate’s Grog: a heavily spiced blend of dark, white, and black rum.

Bar Fly: White Rabbit Launch

Down the Rabbit Hole we go… I’m at the launch of the new White Rabbit Belgian Style Pale Ale for Sydney Craft Beer Week 2014. Zoe from Little Creatures tells me they chose the Work-Shop because the space appealed as a venue to encourage everyone – not just “beer geeks” – to come and try their latest venture.

Bar Fly: The Record Crate

Booker T and the MGs is flooding the cosy courtyard of The Record Crate, where I’m surrounded by colourful randomness: Astroturf, beer keg tables, Hendrix posters, a hula hoop and a rather baffling chunk of concrete.

Bar Fly: The Hive Bar

I am drawn like a magnet to bars that have cider by the pint, kumera fries, and sassy bartenders, and The Hive is a cosy and welcoming locals’ bar in the little faux-village of Erskineville.