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Small Bar (Crows Nest)
85 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
While most small bars are inspired by their inner-city locations, Small Bar has a more distinctly European feel to it. Its sister bar in the city was the first to open in 2008 under the new laws, and Small Bar Crows Nest was the first to head North across the bridge in early 2010. The main focus is wine, and although some spirits and a good of selection of beer is available, don't expect an extensive cocktail list. The beer selection features some boutique gems but if typical tap beer is more to your liking, try the nearby Crows Nest Hotel.
Upon entering Small Bar, you may be excused for thinking it is not that small - a large welcoming bar at the front leads back through a seated area to the open terrace. On a sunny day, the combination of buzz and dappled light creates a welcoming feel to this outdoor area. The interior feels more brasserie than bar - and even at quiet times the warm buzz still generates the perfect place to catch up with a close friend or some down time with your favourite book. Stop by for a glass of wine, a snack or just the chance to escape the outside world.
In brief: Small Bar (Crows Nest)
Best things: Constant buzz without the overcrowding
Don't miss: great selections of wine by-the-glass
Ideal for: catch-ups with friends, dates
Date tip: The terrace out back is your best bet. Try to get the corner position so you can face out and sit close together, or one of the bench seats
Gripe: Some of the food seems a little pricey ($7.50 for olives and nuts, $19.50 for a cheese board and slightly less for the antipasto) but there are plenty of tempting items on the menu.
Last updated: June 2014
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