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Chuck's bar
Photograph: Supplied
Chuck's bar
Photograph: Supplied
Chuck's Bar
Photograph: Supplied

Time Out says

[Sponsored] An intimate Darlinghurst cocktail bar combines mixology with a love of African-American music

You might very well have walked past this Darlinghurst cocktail bar without realising it. Tucked inconspicuously behind discreet signage and thick curtains, it’s easy to miss despite the prime position just off Stanley Street’s dining strip. But those acquainted with the cosy, brick-walled space know that Chuck’s is a reliable destination for good tunes and good drinks. It’s classy enough for an after-work sip with your boss, intimate enough for a second date, and relaxed enough to provide bottomless popcorn alongside your top-shelf tipple. Touché.

Behind the marble-topped bar you’ll find an impressive inventory, with a particularly solid selection of Cognac, whisky and gin – including local distillers such as Archie Rose and Yarra Valley-based Four Pillars. Cocktails are divided into classics (think Sidecars, Sazeracs and a White Negroni with Lillet instead of Campari) and originals that pay good-humoured homage to African-American music. There’s the Hendrick Lamar, Chuck’s Berry, Pharoahe Punch (a nod to Queens rapper Pharoahe Monch) and several variations on gin and juice. The theme extends to the playlist, which comprises hip hop, R’n’B, Motown, blues, funk and jazz.

There’s also a focused wine list and a concise beer menu, both repping local talent with a few overseas additions like a French rosé from Provence and a hoppy-as-hell IPA from American craft brewery Goose Island. When you need something to soak it all up, there’s cheese and charcuterie, including a South Australian duck salami and proper Serrano ham. Like we said, it’s a classy joint. Chuck’s serves up cocktails and hip hop vibes every night of the week, so pop in after work, before or after your dinner reservation, or for a nightcap in your snapback.


Address: 119 Riley St
Cross street: Stanley St
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-midnight; Fri-Sun 4pm-midnight
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