Now & Then

Pét-nats and sage-infused spritzes meet shandys and sherry cobblers at this intimate subterranean spot.
Orlaith Costello
Published on May 02, 2024
Updated on May 03, 2024


Hidden down a laneway in the CBD's vibrant YCK Laneways precinct is a cosy wine and cocktail basement bar from Natalie Ng, the mind behind intimate inner-city fave Door Knock, alongside co-owner Locky Peach. Now and Then — located a stone's throw from the QVB, Town Hall Station and Darling Harbour — serves up new-age drinks and tried-and-true throwbacks in equal proportions.

On the drinks front, the venue boasts a solid cocktail and wine offering across its two drinks lists dubbed — yep, you guessed it — 'Now' and 'Then'. On the modern side of the menu, you'll find funkier wines, whether that be a skin contact or a chilled red, as well as more boundary-pushing cocktails, craft beers and Mango White Claws for all of the seltzer fans.

Over on the more traditional section, you'll discover seasonal sherry cobblers, caipiroskas, Coopers Sparkling Red Ale and a selection of more traditional vinos including sav blanc, pinot noir, rosé and Perrier-Jouët Brut by the glass.

On the short and snappy snacks menu are dishes like the panko-crumbed ham hock croquette with mustard aioli and pickled cauliflower; lobster and prawn vol-au-vents; devilled eggs with black bean salsa; and pomme dauphine with smoked trout. There are also daily specials for only $12.

The venue is majestically decked out with plush floral seating and wallpaper adorned with ferns, so whimsical you'll soon forget you're underground in the busiest part of Sydney. Live music sessions and DJs are on rotation each Friday and Saturday night. Check the venue's Instagram for lineup announcements as well as themed nights and special events.

Images: Natalie Ng


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