Old Mate’s Place, Sydney CBD

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

Telephone: (02) 9518 1398
E-mail: [email protected]

Tue – Wed: 4:00pm to 2:00am
Thu – Sat: 12:00pm to 2:00am
Sun: 12:00pm to 2:00am

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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