Small Bar on Erskine St is rumoured to be Sydney’s first small bar. It’s been aptly named; the room is tiny but brimming with charm. The current battle for the best niche bar in Sydney has begun, and this original is a frontrunner. It is, after all, right in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, a block down from The Fox Hole, and within walking distance of Grandma’s and The Baxter Inn.
Small Bar is the place for after-work drinks. A hand-picked drink selection sets the tone for this bar. Cracking open a bottle of wine is your best bet, although you may prefer a boutique beer or cider. Head upstairs for a quiet dining experience, with vintage posters on the walls. There’s an outdoor smoking area and bar on the ground floor and down the narrow staircase the underground bar offers more intimate seating, which is perfect for functions.
A candle sits atop each table adding to the dimly-lit yet jovial atmosphere. Small groups sit hunched over tables conspiring and nibbling at delectable hors d'oeuvres. Each small plate is moderately priced, offering gluten free and vegetarian options. They’re perfect for sharing and are cooked on the premises, with a selection ranging from lamb kofta ($12.50) to marinated olives ($7.50). For a more hearty appetite, try a small pulled pork burger ($16) or come in at lunchtime for a larger meal.
Small Bar oozes warmth. It’s quaint, home to good company, good food and tasty mulled wine — the perfect choice for chilly winter nights. Floral arrangements on the bar add a homely touch. And don’t be worried if you miss the unassuming red door on Erskine. You can always wander back and take a peek through the window at the smiling patrons gathered inside.