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“Bingo! and not the least bit pretentious” 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 #93 of 5,462 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Bingo! and not the least bit pretentious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

It's kind of like trying to find platform 9 and 3 quarters... The lane is empty. Industrial. A spunky security guard dressed in a village people looking police uniform standing by an unmarked door - is the only indication there's something going on in this alley (with his youthful good looks and village people outfit he looks more like an actor playing a security guard than an actual dude that’s not going to let you in or breakup a fight).
In anticipation of our intention he opens an inconspicuous door.
Ding-ding-a-ling – music from a banjo and double base soothes our ears. Taxidermy is big around here. Boars head, bulls heads – I can’t remember if I saw a stag, but there are definitely a bunch of animals poking their heads out from the walls. This place feels like it should be somewhere in America in another era. Somewhere where it’s snowing outside and we are tucked up in an underground cosy bunker. The tables are lit with big preserving jar candles, the walls are covered in fabric and animals, it’s cool higgildy piggildy place that's not the least bit pretentious.
It’s awesome.
On the way out we compliment the band who are taking a break – and ask if they play every night. “No, only music on Saturday and Sunday nights”. Good to know for next time.
Back onto the street the cute security guard closes the door behind us and wishes us a good night, I find myself looking for clues .... An A4 sized sign with something about Shady pines in a non descript black font on the door is all. You’d never see it until you were up close and even then only if you knew to look for it.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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14 restaurant reviews
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“Oh yeah!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

Oh yeah Shady pines is uber cool. Everything about this place is fantastic, even the hidden doorway! Tucked awAy down a little alleyway.

Visited September 2013
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“One of the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

The door is quite hard to find. But when you find it... ouch. Just sit and order a fresh apple juice with whisky and enjoy your stay here

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“BEST FUN EVER!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Totes super cool styleeeeee...the secret doorway....the taxidermy.....the beverages. Oh yes! I'll be back for sure. I loved Shady Pines!! Hooray!!!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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“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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