SYDNEY | Old Mate’s Place is a hidden small bar in Sydney’s CBD that rewards those who find it with some of the best cocktails in Sydney. Unmarked on the street, you need to walk up four levels of stairs (there is a lift as well) to get there. Open the door, and you’re transported to a space full of old world charm.
It’s run by three bartenders with some great pedigree behind them. Gabrielle Walters (Black by Ezard), Andres “Dre” Walters (Lobo Plantation, Kittyhawk), and Daniel Noble (Mojo Record Bar).
The inside is a cosy affair, dimly lit with brown leather couches, booths, dark timber, bookcases, and greenery. Walk up to the bar and turn left, and you’ll find more stairs. These lead to one of the best rooftop spaces in Sydney, with views across the CBD.
The cocktail list is the drawcard on the drinks menu. It’s impressive, spanning the classics through to delicious bespoke creations. Try the Gator Juice, a refreshing blend of spiced reposado tequila, Amontillado, guava, red wine, citrus, and ginger beer. If you’re not into cocktails, there’s a short and sharp list of wines and beer.
For food, it’s six kinds of Philadelphia cheese steaks, cheese and charcuterie, and the occasional pop up. When I last visited it was Don Taco by Ume slinging their delicious tacos in the kitchen.
Old Mate’s Place
L4, 199 Clarence Street
New South Wales 2000
Tue – Wed: 4:00pm to 2:00am
Thu – Sat: 12:00pm to 2:00am
Sun: 12:00pm to 2:00am