Sydney has made a sport out of Bar Orienteering, finding this joint was also like trying to find Platform 9 and 3 quarters (see Shady Pines Saloon review) … but this time you’re a bit squiffy after too many drinks with Alice and the Mad Hatter.
Your looking for 152 – 156 Clarence Street – the sign that says “Sprinkler System for 152” on one side of the unlit alley and the other side “Sprinkler System for 156” is, I think, the only giveaway. Hang a right at the end of the alley, past the dumpsters, through the door at the bottom of the, OMG, grotty stairs and you have just walked into whiskey heaven.
Like Shady Pines, it’s completely unpretentious. You’re back in the prohibition, transported into another world –it’s very cool. The noise levels are perfect for still being able to have a conversation and if you drink your whiskey with water on the side they give it to you in a gorgeous crystal jug. I can’t remember if it was expensive or not, probably was, but who cares, it was a sweet end to a great night.
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