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“Ditto that! Best bar in Sydney” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Shady Pines Saloon

Shady Pines Saloon
Shop 4, 256 Crown Street | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Ranked #58 of 5,186 Restaurants in Sydney
Cuisines: American
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Ditto that! Best bar in Sydney”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

We spent a lazy afternoon in Sydney working hard at a pub crawl and found this gem in the Sydney book in the hotel. It took us 15 minutes once we were in the area to locate this beauty. Well worth it with lit candles all around the bar, great feel, and cool vibe. If you taxidermy is something you don't enjoy take a pass but this place is just a beauty!

Well worth the trip. We laughed so hard when we finally made it mostly at how hard it was to find the place.

I'd go back regularly if I lived here......

When we arrived we talked to the bartenders and told them about the Sydney Small bars pub crawl that we mentioned in the Welcome to Sydney Tourist book. Their reaction? "We're in a book?" Priceless.....

Enjoy!!!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hallidays Point, Australia
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“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Great cocktails that weren't too over priced and fabulous decor. If you blink you will miss it as it isn't advertised out the front and we walked past twice. Perfect for Friday night drinks.

Visited April 2013
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Sydney
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“Hidden Gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

It's hidden away down an alley and behind an unmarked door but take the time to find it and you will be glad you did!
Great atmosphere, great decor and great drinks. Shady Pines always makes for a fun night out. Locals and visitors always seem to love it.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Search it out!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

A great bar in a Twin Peaks kind of theme. Stuffed deer heads line the walls and the music is Americana/Country. The beer list is extensive and the bar staff friendly enough. The crowd is young but not rowdy and the atmosphere is welcoming, even quite late. I think it closes at 12 so it isn't a late night place. I have been a couple of times and I think it is busy most nights. Get there early and grab a comfy chair and settle in for a pleasant evening...

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“America!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Loved this ostensibly American-themed bar. Great atmosphere, drinks, music -- the whole package.

It should be noted, however, that contrary to popular belief, the rather nebulous notion of "America" cannot be entirely encapsulated by country music, copious amounts of bourbon, and taxidermied, wall-mounted bear heads. That said, Shady Pines, which boasts all of the above, comes impressively close to paraphrasing American values & all that we stand for in the space of a dimly-lit, 80 square meter basement in Sydney's Darlinghurst neighborhood.

Also note: due to a decidedly un-American neighborhood noise regulation, the bar closes promptly at midnight. Get there early.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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