Monday Barhop | Sydney's Best Small Bars

Sitting and sipping in Sydney's best small bars every Monday. Check here for regular reviews.

Papa Gede’s

This is one place that I am almost reluctant to write about. Two reasons: I’m nervous about doing it justice, and I kind of want it all for myself. I … Continue reading

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The Print Room

Google maps was certainly drunk on this one. In an attempt to reach The Print Room, I found myself at an odd backstreet pub called Durty Nelly’s. But after some … Continue reading

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I went to Speakeasy on a date – definitely one of my better dates. It’s a good thing that the whole Barhop crew didn’t join me on this one, as … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Moose

This review was nearly called ‘The Deer’. Another barhopper had the responsibility to write it, but she got so drunk that night that we were repeating conversations we’d had for … Continue reading

June 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earl’s Juke Joint

Vegetarians don’t get fooled. Close your eyes, walk through those curtained doors and all will be ok. Behind the abandoned butcher store front of what used to be ‘BETTA MEATS’ … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

York Lane

Depending on which side you approach York Lane from, you’ll either think you’re entering a place named YOLA or RKNE. Both plausible names for a small bar I would think … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Barber Shop

I would like to dedicate this review to Messrs John and Phoenix – the bartenders on a Monday night at The Barber Shop. These two gentlemen displayed wizardry with cocktails … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Frankie’s Pizza

I’m an in the moment kinda person – pragmatism personified. I daydream with the frequency of an eclipse, and my productiveness at work is unparalleled, like Da Vinci on aderol.* … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Our Top 5 Small Bars

After nearly 2 years and 40 reviews later, the MBH team have studied and contemplated, argued and deliberated for our top 5 bars (so far). These our are favourite places … Continue reading

January 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tio’s Cervecería

This review has been a long time coming. Over the last six months I have seen the three faces of Tio’s Cervecería*. One thing they got right consistently was their … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · Leave a comment


If I was playing word association and someone said ‘efficiency’, my first reaction wouldn’t be to yell ‘Newtown Hipsters!’. Japanese toilets maybe, possibly those buildings with insulating plants growing on … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

James Squire Brewery Tour

It’s not every day that you get to sip a beer that only 6 other people have tasted, but at Monday Barhop we were given this privilege by the wonderful … Continue reading

December 2, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Rook

The Rook makes some of the best cocktails in Sydney, hands down, and we’ve tried a lot of cocktails in a lot of places. It was not too long ago … Continue reading

November 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Sydney Craft Beer and Cider Fair

Last Saturday afternoon. The October sun was beating down, but kept at bay by a cool breeze, a complementary Fat Yak cap and an array of impressive craft beers. With … Continue reading

October 21, 2013 · Leave a comment


The Stones. Jimi Hendrix. Led Zeppelin. Names that need no reassurance of their place in music history and ring with a sense of effortless cool. Nine months ago Vasco took … Continue reading

October 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Sydney BarWeek 2013 – Bartender of the Year Awards Night

Over five hundred bar industry professionals and two Monday Barhoppers gathered at Doltone House for the 2013 Bartender of the Year Awards Night, presented by Australian Bartender magazine. We’re working … Continue reading

September 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Sydney BarWeek 2013 – Events

Sugarcane Sundays at Chimmi’s Hidden away in Bondi, this small bar hosted Sugarcane Sunday, a night dedicated to rum and lovers of rum. Just to clear something up – girls can … Continue reading

September 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Wild Rover

I have found the one. I found the love of my life, the king of my heart, the missing piece of my puzzle. My other half, my kindred spirit. Unfortunately … Continue reading

September 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Wanderer

The narrow space at 501 Elizabeth Street holds fond memories for me, memories of chorizo, crispy gnocchi and that one last churro that I really shouldn’t have eaten but ate … Continue reading

August 5, 2013 · Leave a comment


Quick, let’s do a word association. When I say “Mary’s”, you say “BURGER”. Did you say it? No? Perhaps you were thinking of a little lamb? Or perhaps, a holy … Continue reading

July 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Button Bar

Like most Sydney small bars, Button Bar sits inconspicuously off a main road walking distance from Central Station. You wouldn’t guess based on the name, but it is pirate themed. … Continue reading

July 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

Uncle Ming’s

If Quentin Tarentino had the sudden urge to mate with a 19th century Chinese cabinet (and let’s face it, it’s not that improbable), the lovechild would bear a striking resemblance … Continue reading

June 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Dock

It was the cheap drinks and convivial atmosphere that did it. The dim lighting, the bare brick walls, the worn sofa, the little stuffed ferret; they all helped. In fact, … Continue reading

June 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

Bulletin Place

Every time the Monday Barhop crew gets together, an inevitable conversation will be had about we should have our own bar. It started with “we could start a bar” and … Continue reading

May 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Hazy Rose

Class and quality. The Hazy Rose is decked out with upholstered chairs and polished wood tables; tassles, pineapples and patterned olive wallpaper. Its décor is a fusion of colonial exotica … Continue reading

April 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Soda Factory

The Hotdog, the bouncer and the fridge door. No, not the long lost C.S Lewis novel of magical wieners, buff men and secret worlds hidden within fridges, the Soda Factory … Continue reading

March 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Foley Lane

Tucked neatly into a corner of Taylor Square, Foley Lane is like your Spanish small bar that has found a steady girlfriend and got a pay rise, and is finally, … Continue reading

March 4, 2013 · 2 Comments

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