CBD, Sydney – Sydney cool bar checklist: Small venue, non-obvious entrance, soft lighting, wall art, hipster staff and mutterings of ‘this place reminds me of Melbourne’: tick tick tick!
The Bulletin continues Sydney’s obsession with all drinking holes small. Located on a cute, city side street from which it takes its name, the Bulletin’s entrance is under the ‘tattoo parlour’ sign (yes go in, no it’s not really a tattoo parlour) between Tapavino (also a great choice for a drink or meal) and an Italian restaurant.
The bar itself is a one-room affair where the focus is on sitting down and having a chat rather than milling around trying to meet randoms. If buying by the glass, they only have four bottles of wine open at any onetime (whoever buys the first glass picks the wine until that bottle runs out) and their small range of nibbles comes from next-door Tapavino.
I tend to visit after work, pre-dinner when a good catch-up chat with a friend is needed. Located near Circular Quay, it’s also a great go-to location when you want to escape the crowds.