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Late night small bars in Sydney
It's getting close to the witching hour and your favourite venue is about to call last drinks, what are your late night options for small bars?
New in 2013
A compact corner bar on Cleveland street with a relaxed, open interior and cocktails for grown-ups: 7/10
87 Albion Street, Surry Hills
There is one thing certain about Absinthe Salon, you won't forget it. But you probably won't remember a whole lot about it either. This art-deco shrine is dedicated to chasing the green fairy, aka drinking absinthe. Here you can go through the whole ritual of how it should be drunk: water dripped slowly over a sugar cube. Despite its inner-city location, you really do feel like you've stepped into some old world salon - later on you will probably float back out into Surry Hills with a big smile and slight speech impediment.
The experience is not cheap (averaging $15 and up for a shot), but the point is you are not here just to swill a beer and watch big screen TVs. Think of each shot of absinthe like a cocktail - something to savour and discuss. Since some options can pass the 70% alcohol barrier too, it will contain about the same alcohol as a normal cocktail. Most people start out gingerly at first but you'll notice that they start to get a little more boisterous after the first round or so (there is a 4 drink limit). It's not the place you'll go to every week but it is certainly a different experience and ideal warm-up for a fun evening.
In brief: Absinthe Salon
Best things: Absinthe drunk in the perfect surroundings
Don't miss: The experience to drink Absinthe old world style
Ideal for: Small groups, drinks with a difference, dates, a place to read a book early in the evening
Date tip: Book beforehand, take it slow and have dinner planned up the road in Surry Hills
Gripe: Can get a little noisy as the boisterousness tends to bounce off the hard surfaces in the small room
Last updated: November 2013
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