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Surry Hills-Darlinghurst
Sticky Bar (Closed - Now Surly's)
Level 2, 182 Campbell Street, Surry Hills (enter via Taggarts Lane)

Sticky Bar, Surry Hills

Launched in 2006 and well ahead of the small bar stampede, Sticky Bar has sat quietly and wonderfully going about its trade. Not only does the difficultly in finding the entrance give you a sense of some illegal den, but the windowless and dimly bar area creates a modern take of a speakeasy from last century. Ironic, that the term 'speakeasy' is often used to describe Sticky Bar, because it can get quite noisy here, mainly due to the music, and you'll find any kind of speaking difficult. When you are not being drowned out, the entire place is quite casual and inviting.

Sticky Bar's drawcard is it's fine cocktail list, with specials board, backed up by a great wine list and staff who know their drinks. Plus you can bypass the long queues at Table For 20 and sample some of the menu while you sip your cocktails.

This would probably rank as one of the hardest small bars in Sydney to find. Sticky Bar resides above Table for 20 (on Campbell St), but they request you use the rear lane for access to the bar. So turn onto Crown St from Campbell, then walk towards Oxford Street and take the first right hand turn up Taggarts Lane, next to the Maltese Cafe. About 50 metres on the right (south side) of the alley, if you are lucky, there will people milling around a doorway. If not, you will need to wander around and look for a small doorway. You are not done yet. There should be a note and phone number to contact with a password. Text/call the number and wait. Once inside, it is rabbit warren, follow the corridor then up some stairs, turn right briefly past the kitchen/bar of Table for 20, right again then up the stairs again. Congratulations, you've made it to Sticky Bar.

In brief: Sticky Bar (Closed - Now Surly's)
Best things: Quality drink and food options, moody atmosphere
Don't miss: Cocktail list
Ideal for: Small groups, catch-ups with friends, dates (a function room is available out the back)
Date tip: There are plenty of small seated areas here to claim a secluded spot, but when they are all gone, you may find yourself standing around slightly awkwardly in front of everyone.
Gripes: Music can be a bit too loud and having to head downstairs to use the toilets can be a pain.
Rating: 8/10

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Last updated: January 2017
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