If you've managed to find yourself a space at one of the CBD's many new bars in the last couple of years, you'd know that taste for the 2000 postcode's watering holes has developed a little beyond attempting to make the staff at Ryan's Bar smile. It's not surprising then that Mr Tipply's, a brand new addition to said scene, is already attracting a bustling clientele and quite rightly so.
Prime location aside, a lot of thought has gone into the concept of this bar/eatery on the corner of Kent and King Street, illuminated in the Friday night winter darkness by its neon sign of the fictional namesake himself. With a colourful and striking African-influenced interior created by Paddington-based designer Tamsin Johnson (Bondi's Mr Moustache), as well as an elaborate backstory behind Mr Tipply the character, the dimensions here already tower over what used to be the piss-up palace once known at the same address as City Hotel.
And while it's true all customers are greeted by a host on arrival, this isn't a small bar. This is a big bar. In fact, it's soon to be two levels once renovations are complete; even more of an excuse to take a weight off with one of the fairly decently priced cocktails. We highly recommend the Ninja in a Glass ($19): it's sweet, sharp and before you know it will slice your stress to shreds with its potent mix of vodka and "ninja mix" (lime, orgeat and sugar syrup). Otherwise there are all the classics, some not so classics (like the Kimchi Mary at $18) and plenty of wine.
Surprisingly the eatery aspect of Mr Tipply's is potentially the strongest string to his bow. While a chef-hatted gourmet experience this certainly is not, the food is worthy enough to attract a post-work crowd looking for a genuinely tasty feed before staying in-venue for a little boogie. For nibbles lean towards the Mongolian lamb cutlets ($18) — the mint and coriander vinaigrette is awesome — but definitely get the tempura shrimp with chilli mayo ($17). If you want something substantial add in a couple of sang choi bao ($15) and the fresh and flaky barramundi fillet ($30). There's also a bar menu if pub grub's more your thing.
As larger central city venues go, it's clear Mr Tipply's is trying something new with this age-old and highly successful business modality of good food, drink and music. Throw it all together in a large, attractive hangout with personable touches (there's even a Mr Tipply's app that puts you in charge of the music on the quieter nights) and we reckon you're onto a winner.