A fairy light-lit small bar with a sweet little courtyard out the back.
A true Redfern stalwart, Arcadia Liquors has been doing the small bar scene proud for over seven years. Its high ceilings, golden fairy lights and exposed brick walls are reminiscent of the bars of Berlin, and the covered outdoor courtyard is well suited to those cooler winter months.
The mostly Australian wine list is reasonably priced, with glasses of red, white and sparkling wine starting at just $8. Wine regions span from Orange and the Barossa Valley to Tasmania and the Yarra Valley. For brews, there are tinnies of Wayward, Grifter and Yulli's ($10–11), as well as a rotating tap lineup.
The bar staff is ready to make any classic cocktail you fancy, too, and during the winter months, you'll find mulled wine — here, dubbed Gunther's Gluhwein — which is available for $10 a glass.
The simple food menu focuses on carby, salty snacks (perfect paired with booze), including antipasto plates ($25) and four toasties (which change regularly). At the moment, the latter includes a classic ham and cheese with relish ($6); a chicken schnitty with swiss cheese and Sriracha ($12); and a vego one stuffed with haloumi, roasted peppers, olives, spinach and cheddar ($12).
It's a place you'll want to return to again and again, with its lively vibes and a come-as-you-are attitude.
Images: Kitti Gould.