Dim candles flicker against flocked velvet wallpaper. Grand chandeliers drape from the ceiling. A deer head, a ship and a Nintendo make this little bar seem as odd as its name.
Owners Peter Sulis and Aaron Fitton have united with the idea of creating a local's bar that never fails to surprise. The idea is to have transient ideas and menus but repeat local customers. "We don't want to have just one idea and flog it to death, but rather work with our locals and our team to constantly create something fresh," he said.
The tapas share menu is constantly evolving as Chef Liam Rooney uses local produce sourced predominantly from Eveleigh Markets. "If we have to order anything the furthest it comes from is Bondi," said Peter Sulis. The menu caters for all dietary needs with a large selection of vegetarian options. The tofu dogs ($13) are delicious, but for carnivorous types the sticky Asian ribs ($16) are messy tender goodness. The plum and chilli squid melts in your mouth and leaves a subtle kick dancing in your throat. The table wouldn't be complete without a bowl of the Curly Fries in truffle oil — at $8 they are flawless and moreish.
If you are just keen to stop by for a quick drink, this local watering hole has an eclectic selection. "We don't want to niche ourselves as a particular spirit or wine bar but rather offer customers a quality option in anything they may want," says Peter. Currently the selection includes a number of winter warmers, from robust citrus and cinnamon mulled wine ($10) to warmed apple and vanilla cider ($9.50). The cocktails menu offers a range of classics but the original Te-quil-a Mockingbird ($15) is glory in a glass.
This small bar isn't short of competition but its owners have developed a recipe for success. Succulent food, lush cocktails and devoted staff have created a bar which feels like a cocktail party in a friends living room. Whether you are a Monday night Jenga fiend or a live band addict, Black Sheep promises to always offer something fresh for its diverse community.