Back in 2008 the Sydney small-bar ‘revolution’ started and the aptly named Small Bar was the very first bar to open under the new licensing laws introduced to allow average punters to open up their own bar without prohibitive licensing fees (formerly about $15 000) and the even more restrictive red tap involved in the process. Small Bar pioneered the way by opening a venue that was intimate, attracted quality punters and quality bartenders and was completely devoid of the hideous pokie machines that have ruined so many pubs in Sydney and indeed New South Wales. Small Bar is split over three levels and has a courtyard too, which is a rarity in any CBD bar. It boasts a pretty extensive wine list, with most wines by the glass and there’s a good range of bar snacks, share plates and a quality lunch menu which includes burgers, salads and fish.
If you love what the small bar movement has bought to the social fabric of Sydney’s CBD, then why not take a visit to Small Bar and see where it all started because this bar really does hold a special place in Australia’s small bar movement.
- By Paul
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