While Sydney’s city centre is packed with attractions, it does lack a decent going-out culture. If you do find yourself in the city though, a fantastic drinking and parting option is Palmer & Co.
This sprawling basement bar captures the joie de vivre spirit of a 1920s French Speakeasy. The waitresses are dressed like flappers, the bartenders look dapper in their 1920-inspired attire while the live music and flattering lighting all add to the bar’s good-time vibe.
From 6pm, the bar is a magnet for the after-work crowd so if you’d like to meet a suit with a six-figure salary, this bar might be a good place to start. Later in the night, the crowd is a little more mixed.
Finding this gem of a bar can be a challenge. Its entrance is off a narrow alleyway, Abercrombie Lane (near the Pitt St end), and once you’re in, you need to walk down the staircase on the left that looks like it’s heading nowhere.
Palmer & Co is a great bar to head to when the weather is overcast or you fancy a bit of a party. If it’s sunny, head somewhere like the outside Opera Bar which give you a killer view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Visit: http://merivale.com.au/palmerandco; Visit: Abercrombie Lane, Sydney, 2000; Call: +61 2 9240 3172; Open: Sat – Tues 5pm-late, Thur-Fri 12noon-late; Wallet: Beers from $8.by