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Bartenders’ guides to Sydney’s secrets: Brett Stokes, Surly’s

Bar manager Brett shares what's best on the streets of Sydney

Photograph: Daniel Boud

Brett is the bar manager of Surly’s, the Surry Hills barbecue bar that serves ribs, wings and brisket alongside American and local crafts brews. Brett can fix you an Old Pal (rye, Campari and sweet vermouth) or one ripper of a pick-me-up in the form of the ‘Bloody Caesar’.

Brett feeds at: Harry’s Singapore Chilli Crab, Surry Hills 
“The owners of Tio’s and Cliff Dive, Jeremy and Alex, took me to Harry’s for a birthday party and I thought it was going to be too exotic for my palate, but I was intrigued by the flavours and seafood they had on offer. However, I did have to draw the line at eating an eyeball from the fish. The giant photo of Mike Whitney holding a giant crab on the way in was definitely a game changer.”

Brett drinks at: Earl’s Juke Joint, Newtown 
“This joint has a special place in my heart as my buddy who owns it, Pasan, taught me a lot about bartending and how to be an awesome human. The bar itself has amazing cocktails and is always a good time, anytime.”

Brett hunts at: Hunter and Fox, Alexandria
“They do the best original tattoos and I always walk away with an original piece of art when I go to see them. I’ve had six tattoos done by Sanchez over the last few years and I wouldn’t go to anyone else.”

Brett gathers at: Paddy’s Markets Haymarket 
“When I am a little skint Paddy’s Markets is my fashion house of choice: it’s where I get cheap ugg boots and NBA Jerseys, and then around the corner I can hit up Golden Century for some grub.”