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“Platform 9 and 3 quarters ...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Baxter Inn

The Baxter Inn
Ranked #3 of 5,443 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Auckland, New Zealand
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Platform 9 and 3 quarters ...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

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.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
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Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Wow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

Undoubtedly the coolest bar in Sydney! Great cocktails, great atmosphere. A little tricky to find bit that just makes it all the more worthwhile when you first open the door...

Visited March 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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586 reviews
402 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 289 helpful votes
“Secluded Sydney Stash - A Challenge to Any Melbourne Laneway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Ten years ago I wouldnt have walked down the alleyway my friend directed me toward, let alone head down the grey concrete fire stairs into the darkness. Opening the door at the bottom of the stairs we were transported back into prohibition times with racks of whisky, a good douche-free crowd and excellent bar keepers. It was quite busy but not overly so (midnight on a Monday night) with people sat at the bar and at tables in the medium sized cellar type room. Camp at the bar and watch the boys do their stuff - a great night out.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
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“Love it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Great place, very cool and great nook away from standard CBD spots. Make sure you get there early though

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Jack D
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Canberra, Australia
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128 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“A HIDDEN GEM”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

Great place all round. Atmosphere is excellent. A little hard to find but those that need to know where it is do. No teeny boppers no doof-doof. For those with style and taste.

Visited July 2013
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