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421 Cleveland St, Surry Hills
If your bar is located on a noisy road like Cleveland St, then there is probably only one solution to the problem: try to out-compete it. Vasco, formerly the short lived and Brazilian themed Boteco, is a rock and roll bar thatís loud, in your face and an alternative to the more serene small bars in nearby Surry Hills. If you like your atmosphere chilled and clean, this is not the place for you. Strangely though, it is a bit at odds with its own menu. Rock and roll has rarely been a co-conspirator with fruity cocktails: beer yes, spirits definitely, but gin favoured with various fruit juices and rosemary (Dear Rosemary, $17)? A rockmelon bellini (Vasco Spritz, $15)? Probably not. They may not be very rock and rock, but that doesnít change the fact they are great drinks that are well handled by experienced bartenders. Other non-cocktail options include various beers, and a few wines. The list changes regularly so check whatís available on arrival or ask the knowledgeable staff.
On the food side, seasonal items appear on the menu, along with some daily specials such as $12 lasagne Tuesdays. And while their flavoursome take on hotdogs and chips might be more fitting to rockers, they come in a little high at $14. If you like an early start, happy hours are from 5-7pm and feature $6 beers and spirits and discounted cocktails.
In brief: Vasco
Best things: A lively alternative to many small bars, plus the smokers section is out the back so you donít get doused in usual nicotine cloud that welcomes people at most bars
Don't miss: Wednesday nights ĎAperitivo Hourí (5-7pm) where a selection of Italian snacks are served free with every drink
Ideal for: Small groups, catch-ups with friends, cocktails
Date tip: This is a tough one. Itís a bustling bar and conversation can be a bit hard, likewise seating. Vasco is a much better option once youíve already sealed the deal and feel more comfortable letting loose.
Gripes: Conversation can become a shouting match when busy
Last updated: June 2014
You are here: Vasco Bar, Surry Hills review and address. This rock and roll bar is loud, in your face and an alternative to the more serene small bars in nearby Surry Hills