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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
Low 302 (Bar 302)
302 Crown St, Surry Hills
Low 302 is an example of a small bar that does everything right. When you rock up, the first thing you will notice is the open verandah facing onto Crown Street. This gives the bar an open feel and allows you to experience the hussle and bussle of Crown Street from the comfort of a soft couch. A few steps further in and you hit the bar and main seated area, decorated with a grand piano, smokey mirrors and red velvet curtains. It's both tasteful and comfortable with plenty of options to find a quiet corner or sit around a larger table to socialise.
Behind the bar, the talented staff know their trade, and can offer suggestions if you are having trouble chosing from the concise but interesting menu. At peak periods they can get a little overwhelmed - so expect the occasional delay. One or two waitresses are generally on hand to provide table service too, which is great if you are out with friends or on a date and don't want to leave your table. The food menu is diverse and worthy of a look, especially if you have a seat and would like something to go with your beer or wine (there are plenty of great choices for both).
*Footnote: The bar's name is Low 302, after its street number on Crown, but people often call it Bar 302 or simply 302.
In brief: Low 302
Best things: Diversity in clientele. The 2am closing time is hard to beat.
Don't miss: Cocktail menu
Ideal for: Dates, small groups, catch-ups with friends, cocktails
Date tip: One of the most date-friendly small bars in Sydney. Plenty of couches with table service and food, but you may want to avoid the front section if either of you don't like smoke.
Gripes: Queues can form around 11:30pm as many nearby pubs in Surry Hills start to close. Smoking in the open section closest to the street may not be to everyone's liking.
Last updated: March 2013
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