Best Hidden Bars in Sydney
There's something inherently satisfying about discovering a secret bar. Sure, Sydney's "secret" bars probably aren't that secret (sometimes the queues outside are a dead giveaway), but tracking down nondescript, sign-less doors makes those cocktails taste just a little bit better.
A 26-square-metre bar should feel small, but Alleyway doesn’t. It spills out into a triangular courtyard bordered by dramatic, storeys-high brick walls and makes ingenious use of the space it has. For example, recycled fruit crate shelves lined with bottles of spirits are level with smoky mirrors that create a panorama of the entire bar.
There are no signs on the street. A set of stairs on George Street leads down to the courtyard, and Alleyway’s high tables and stools are to the right.
For a small venue, Alleyway is adept at keeping things fresh. There are 75 whiskies on the shelves, which change constantly. Once the bottle is empty, it’s replaced with something new. The team is serious about whisky and discusses tasting notes before serving.