The first out of the blocks to take advantage of New South Wales' simpler bar licencing requirements, this venue even managed to cement its achievement in its name: Small Bar. Being first doesn't guarantee success and now, several years later with more competition and a second location in Crows Nest, Small Bar shows that it can claim more than being the first of the new generation watering holes. A bustling and sometimes crowded small bar, it still provides an alternative for the beer-swilling venues that have dominated much of the city. However, you may find its ramshackled layout a little difficult to negotiate if you have more than a handful of friends or colleagues.
On the drinks side, there is a well rounded wine by-the-glass menu which gives you the opportunity to try some great wines without sticking to the same bottle all night. The food menu is okay but you might want to think twice if you can't find a place to sit down.
In brief: Small Bar (Sydney City)Best things: Outdoor laneway Don't miss: Like it's sister bar in Crows Nest, Small Bar features a great selection of wine by-the-glass Ideal for: Catch-ups with friends Date tip: Go only on week nights where you may find a quieter area or couch to yourself. If it is too busy, try the laneway area. Gripe: A bit too crowded and noisy at times - the multi-room layout can make trips to the bar or toilet a bit more difficult than you'd want. Rating: 7/10
Last updated: November 2016
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