I’m beginning to wonder how many of these little gems I have been missing all this time. Sticky Bar is found through a unmarked door, a series of tunnels, dark staircases and above the Tablefor20 restaurant. Welcome the land of word-of-mouth bars, beautiful vintage furniture, high ceilings, rustic features and good cocktails and nibbles – staff know their stuff, exclusivity and drinks are at least $15 a pop.
Cured meat platter and Salt & Pepper squid
Tropical Whirl, Passion for the Sad, Aphrodite, Englishman in Italy
There is no print menu, with only a few chalked on the wall behind the bar – so you’ll have to release full trust with the bartender to make you a poison. My bartender asked for my criteria, which were fruity, berry and sweet and he whipped up the Aphrodite – sweet, berryful and not too strong. For nibbles, we order the cured meat platter with a array of salami, bocconcini, olives, bread and crackers and a plate of salt and pepper squid to share. The meat platter was delicious with favoured bocconcini to match. The salt and pepper squid was perfect – tender, well seasoned and accompanied with peppered avocado and sauce. I never fancy avocado and I had mouthfuls of this.
Winning the runner up award in Time Out Sydney Bar Awards 2009 for the Best Small Bar category, I could see why. Attentive service and great food and drink to match. The bar does become crowded on a Friday night as people begin to clock off, so it’s great to be there as early as possible to find a cosy spot on a vintage sofa. Usually the door’s open, but if not, you send a text to get inside.
Level 2, 182 Campbell St
Surry Hills, Sydney
Open Wed-Sat from 6:30pm