Bars Bondi Beach
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Secret boozing is order of the day here

If you don’t know your drinkin’ history, speakeasies came into prominence during prohibition in the US, a name given to secret establishments that flaunted the rules by serving up booze, good times and perhaps even a little gambling. While this joint doesn’t exactly meet those standards – what with alcohol being legal in Sydney and it’s located on a busy street – it offers a couple good reasons to visit, especially if you’re after a low-key wine bar. On a winters day or evening, Speakeasy Bar offers respite from the cold with its cushy lounges and cosy surrounds. Dark walls, retro furniture and velvet throws give an impression you’re at a friend’s place, rather than a bar, as do the wait staff who do enough fussing over you that you feel very at home. There’s no cocktails here, just lots of wines by the glass and bottle, along with things like ports, sherry, a couple spirits and beers. The wine list is sourced from the usual overseas culpri ts – Spain, Italy, New Zealand, France and Argentina – with a solid showing from Australia, including a handful bold reds from the Barossa, and jammy, fruity options from the McLaren Vale. If white is your thing try the Grosset Riesling from Clare Valley – although at $16 a glass you may want to make it only one. If you prefer red you can’t beat Clarry’s MGS Kelleske, which is organic, biodynamic and extremely drinkable. Add the grilled chorizo and potato followed by the very fine chocolate brownie and you’ve got a lovely little evening.

By: Sarah Norris


Venue name: Speakeasy
Address: 83 Curlewis St
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 3pm-late; Sat, Sun noon-late

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