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New in 2013
A compact corner bar on Cleveland street with a relaxed, open interior and cocktails for grown-ups: 7/10
61 York Street, Sydney
There’s a good chance you’ll walk straight past the doorway to this underground bar on York St, Stitch is part of an area which is starting to become ground central for small bars – nearby venues include York Lane, Spooning Goats, Mojo Record bar, Small Bar and Baxter Inn. A staircase will lead you down to the den, fitted out in old tailoring relics from the early half of the 20th century. If it’s a busy night, you can expect to wait outside a while, and after entry the bar at the bottom of the stairs will then be deep with people ordering from the impressive cocktail list. This will be a hurdle at first, as you will often need to push by those waiting to be served in order to find your own space.
The staircase dominates the venue, so you’ll need to walk around the rabbit-warren layout to find a seat. Depending on the night, there may be a line for tables, so be prepared to wait a while for either a seat or your first drink.
Stitch has the usual assortment of home-spun and classic cocktails, beers and wines. Where Stitch differs a little form other bars is its food. There are three themes: tacos, burgers and hotdogs (the last two are served with curly fries). But expect some twists, including an above-average price tag. The Macky Duck hot dog a is duck, orange and pistachio sausage with foie gras and truffle sauce. It’s very rich and comes with a $19 price tag. Even the simpler hot dog varieties come it at $17 and the combinations may not quite hit the spot (such as a garlic and wine sausage dressed with pear and brie cheese). The burgers are good and messy so make sure you have a seat and plenty of napkins if you are ordering one. These too are priced a bit higher - $19 for a wagyu BLT. This is an expensive cut of meet for a hamburger and like a lot of the dishes it seems they are taking ingredients with fine flavours and mixing too many together in the one offering. The end result is an expensive take on fast food that doesn’t do justice to the quality ingredients used. If you went as a couple and had two cocktails and a hotdog each, expect a total bill of over $100 and close to $120 if you don’t pick the cheaper options. Even a beer and burger each will cost over $50 for two.
In brief: Stitch Bar
Best things: Well styled city bar with interesting décor centred around tailoring from the early 20th century.
Don't miss: Hotdogs with a difference
Ideal for: Small groups, dates, catch-ups with friends
Date tip: Grab a booth, if you’re there early but otherwise expect to be standing.
Gripe: Service can be real slow around the cramped bar area, expensive
Last updated: March 2013
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