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Where to go after midnight
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
65 Flinders Street, Surry Hills
The Flinders has a long history which explains why it may see a little schizophrenic: in the early evenings it is an airy, friendly bar where cool music plays. The cocktails, like the service, are engaging and smooth. In this mode, you can sit back and admire the curious decorations, have a leisurely chat and watch the passing traffic both in and outside the bar. However, as midnight approaches the bar battens down for the late evening hordes of half drunken punters. The windows are closed up and the black glass doors are staffed by three or more burly guards checking for age and trouble.
This is probably how you will first experience the Flinders: a bustling, humid, concoction of late night partiers who have probably staggered in from a one of the many nearby pubs that close at paltry hour of midnight. Now music blares, and ordering a cocktail at this point is not the smartest move. Grab your drinks, find your spot and enjoy the night as it barrels towards the morning sunrise.
In brief: The Flinders
Best things: The 5am weekend close.
Don't miss: The dive bar experience without it feeling too dodgy
Ideal for: Small groups, catch-ups with friends, late nights
Date tip: If you are both getting a bit drunk, The Flinders is the place to make your move – try the back room.
Gripe: Long lines after 1am, inconsistent bar service can mean you are accidentally overlooked and left waiting for long periods.
Last updated: March 2013
You are here: The Flinders, Surry Hills review and address. This bar has a long history which explains why it may see a little schizophrenic: in the early evenings it is an airy, friendly bar where cool music plays.