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“Fun & good vibe” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Shady Pines Saloon

Shady Pines Saloon
Ranked #254 of 5,822 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Neighborhood: Darlinghurst
New York City, New York
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fun & good vibe”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

It's a fun bar with a good vibe. Has one of my favorite beers (Rogue Dead Guy Ale), and really great cocktails.

Visited October 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Sydney, Australia
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Different Experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Ever wanted to go to an American Whisky Bar? This is it. A non-descript entrance but inside it is decked out in Americana including cigar store Indian. Complimentary peanuts, a healthy wine and beer list and live bands from time to time. Worth a visit.

Visited October 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Bingo! and not the least bit pretentious”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Oh yeah!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“One of the best”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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