Basement, 275 Clarence Street, Sydney
02 9264 3004
There is nothing remotely drab about Grandma’s Bar – nor is it a meeting place for the elderly, as its name might suggest. However, that being said, if your granny enjoys drinking spiked tropical cocktails from tiki cups in an underground bar, bring her along, she just might like it.
Grandma’s Bar, hidden under Sydney’s CBD is a little bar with big character and spoils you for choice when it comes to creative cocktails. The vision for Grandma’s Bar was born from owners, Warren Burns and James Brady’s expertise gained behind some of the UK’s best bars. Applying their knowledge to Sydney’s heaving hospitality scene, the boys opened Grandma’s Bar in 2011 to great reception. Since then, the tongue-in-cheek nature of the bar has infiltrated everything from design to drinks, creating a buzzing atmosphere and playful culture that visitors keep coming back for more.
Whilst there is nothing serious about Grandma’s bar itself, the staff are serious about their drinks and making sure you’re sipping on the most mouth-watering cocktail to date. The edgy interiors make for the perfect place to enjoy them, with exposed brickwork and industrial ambience being lit up by the colourful drinks that are shaken, stirred and served across the bar.
The drinks menu changes constantly as the clever bartenders are constantly on the lookout for new inspiration and always taking on board suggestions from thirsty visitors. The Dark ‘n’ Stormy plays on Grandma’s ginger beer, with a twist of course – a healthy splash of Gosling’s rum makes for a broody beverage to kick start the night.
With a focus on rum, concoctions like The Knickerbocker combines top tier liquors like Angostura 1919 rum with fruity hints of raspberry, fresh lemon, orange and curacao. It’s not called ‘the granddaddy of rum cocktails’ for nothing.
Whilst the boutique booze is the star of the show, be sure to leave room for a nibble off Grandma’s supper menu – her jaffles are not to be missed. Be it baked beans and tasty cheese, or chicken with salad, tomato and basil, you’d be mad to turn down a bite of that toasted goodness.
There’s little wonder as to why Grandma’s Bar is decorated with a smattering of accolades and was dubbed Sydney’s Best Small Bar in 2012. Don’t be fooled – this is not the place for a quiet drink, but it’s definitely worth checking out, whether it be for a jaffle, a tipple or just to be spoiled all in the one place.