Stitch Bar

Don't be fooled — beyond the tailor's shop frontage is one of Sydney's coolest subterranean bars, serving classic cocktails and delicious dive dogs.
Jeanine Bribosia and Maxim Boon
Published on March 13, 2012
Updated on May 31, 2024


As Sydney speakeasies go, Stitch Bar may have one of the most convincing decoy frontages in town — a small hole-in-the-wall tailor's shop on York Street. But once you venture past the vintage sewing machine by the front door and through some unassuming curtains, you'll find yourself at the top of a staircase descending into a basement saloon that feels a million miles away from any buttoned-up sartorial formality.

The tailor's theme gets a slight nod via old sewing tables and sewing machines under the bar, but that's where the white-collar vibes end. This pint-sized drinking den, with comfy booths on one side and bistro tables on the other, is a laidback spot to unplug from the stress and hustle of the city above.

Bartender prepping a cocktail at Stitch from YCK Laneways.

This small bar is low-lit and has some serious booze on the list, not just in the spirits department. There are glasses of rosé or great Aussie whites, and then, of course, the cocktails. Try a classic like an old fashioned or a paloma — or one of Stitch's signature concoctions such as the Maple & Ash, a sweet yet smoky mingle that comes with a pork crackling snack on the side. There's also a broad whisky selection to sample if you're in the mood for a dram or two.

Many may pretend they come to Stitch purely for the excellent drinking, but some are certainly here because it's a great excuse to have a hot dog. And there are some fancy franks to choose from: the Mac Ducky, made with duck, orange and foie gras, gets our shout. If you aren't keen on the dogs, there's also a wide array of smash-patty and fried chicken burgers on offer, as well a hearty ribeye steak alongside dive-bar bites like mac 'n' cheese balls, hot wings and loaded tacos.


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