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By Sigourney Berndt
July 18, 2012

Arcadia Liquors

A fairy-lit small bar with a sweet little courtyard out the back.
By Sigourney Berndt
July 18, 2012

For lovers of small bars, there are few places more exciting than Redfern. With players like Dry Land and The Dock setting a high standard, any new venue has a lot to live up to. Arcadia Liquors sees these expectations, exceeds them and then offers them a grilled cheese sandwich.

The first thing you'll notice is the space; it's more expansive than cosy. Arcadia Liquors has high ceilings with mostly bare walls, so even when the venue gets crowded, it doesn't get claustrophobic. Through the back hides a small beer garden with an impressive amount of greenery — it's almost enough to make you forget your inner city location.

The wine list is reasonably priced, and is mostly Australian with a few of the mandatory Spanish and South American inclusions. If you're after a beer, the list is pretty standard, this time with a few German options thrown in. The bartenders are friendly enough and willing to at least attempt to make whatever cocktail you request in lieu of a list. And there isn't a menu as such, but toasted sandwiches are available, and bowls of spiced nuts are on the house.

Arcadia Liquors has everything you'd expect to find in a small bar, right down to the spinning vinyl and bearded bar staff. It isn't out to start a revolution or re-invent the martini, it's just here to have a good night and ensure you have the same. It's this friendly, welcoming attitude that'll bring you back time and time again.

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