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Foley Lane

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Foley Lane’s nautical inspired bar and light filled interior

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, finally able to afford a set of matching chairs. We arrived when it was not yet dark, and the French doors had been thrown open to permit a flood of fresh air and light into the narrow space.

Think art deco outside and nautical inside, the space is airy and well furnished for its unusual shape. The booth seats along the wall lend Foley Lane maturity, a little more permanence than the mismatching vintage finds we’re usually greeted with. Service was friendly and prompt; our bartender did fluster a little at being asked what he recommended but later alluded to having had a large one the previous night. We sympathise, sir… Monday Barhop has been known to continue until closing time on occasion.

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We sampled the potatas with paprika aioli, a seafood bruschetta and the pork and fennel sliders. Flavours were tasty and on the spicy side, prices were fair in range, from $4 to $22. It’s also worth mentioning that the atmosphere and food is family friendly and would work well for a night out on a weekday.

Concerning drinks, the blanca sangria was delicious, who knew white rum and wine could work so well? Bottles of wine lined the wall behind us as if in encouragement. Even with Australian wines, Foley Lane has chosen regions which resemble climates in Spain as a continuation of their Spanish theme, a touch pulled off nicely. Of a sample of three recommendations from the list, our favourite was the Edetana Blanco Grenache Blanc/Viognier, but all choices pretty well hit the spot.

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Our choices of wine, white sangria, and the bottles lining the wall behind us

While I’m on things Foley Lane has done well, can I just say how refreshing it is to see a small bar spend money on a beautiful logo and website? If I like you on the internets I will like you in real life.

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Foley Lane’s good looking website

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The open French doors make the space feel more spacious

We hear Foley Lane has recently acquired outdoor seating, which is more than perfect timing. If you find yourself in the mood for a slightly more mature small bar, head to Foley Lane, order yourself some tapas and saunter outside to sit around and enjoy the last rays of sunlight with your glass of red.

- JL

Foley Lane

371 – 373 Bourke St
Darlinghurst

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2 comments on “Foley Lane

  1. davewhitescs
    March 7, 2013

    Hey JL – The team at Foley Lane are fantastic guys! We had a great time creating a brand that complimented the distinct style Foley offers. Many thanks for the great feedback on the logo design and website!! – Dave

    • Monday Barhop
      March 8, 2013

      Thanks for the comment Dave, and YES it’s so good to see a venue understand the importance of branding! Great job on the design!

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