Sydney's Best Small Bars


Sydney CBD
York Lane
York Lane, Sydney

York Lane, Sydney CBD

Most people who've been to Sydney's CBD has probably walked passed York Lane, a access laneway near Wynyard Station. Until now, there wasn't much reason to venture down the alley, let alone make it a destination, but now that's changed with the opening York Lane. Probably one of the smallest bars in the CBD, it's both rustic and modern with friendly staff and an efficient interior design. Because of its size, don't be expecting big comfortable couches. Here the aesthetic is minimalist with small stools and similarly compact tables. They are more suited for a short sitting spell as you'll find the hard surfaces a little difficult to maintain for more than one drink.

The drinks menu is similarly compact and like the venue, it makes the most of a small range. Wines by the glass begin at $7.50 for a rose, through to $12 for lively five year-old Pinot Noir or a decent NZ Sauvignon Blanc. Beer starts at about $8 for a selection from their boutique beers, and at the bargain end is VB in long necks for $12. There are some spirits and cocktail on offer as well - ask at the bar for their suggestions or request one of your favourites.

Snacks in the form of tapas can hit the spot if you're feeling peckish. While tasty and fresh, these are not on the cheap side: $22 for cheese or antipasto plate, or $14 for duck pancakes or pork belly.

In brief: York Lane
Best things: Great little venue in an unexpected location, 6am weekday openings that include breakfast
Don't miss: Getting into the back alley experience by sharing a $12 longneck of VB, or go bohemian with a bottle of pinot noir ($48).
Ideal for: Catch-ups with friends, after work drinks
Date tip: A little too small for a date since the whole place feels a little too exposed to be intimate.
Gripe: After a short while the discomfort of sitting on a small wooden stool will have you looking elsewhere for something softer.
Rating: 6/10

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Last updated: August 2017
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