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I visited The Little Guy twice before writing this review, and on each occasion one thing really stood out – how delightful the bar staff were. I’m talking a can-we-please-be-friends demeanour. Different people on each occasion, everyone was so welcoming and genuinely happy to be working there. A factor that I believe runs parallel to the vibe of a bar.
The place is larger than it appears from the street, going back quite far with three split rooms on the ground level, and an upstairs section. The paraphernalia is to a minimum here, which I appreciate. I’m not a huge fan of the way some bars clutter bookshelves and bar tops with antiquated plastic shit. Unless The Little Guy is hiding that stuff upstairs, which I didn’t venture to.
One of the large tables on the ground level doubles up as a chalk-board, which causes my inner child to clap with glee, and my inner da Vinci to stroke his beard. Chalk provided. I’m sure many a crude and imaginative thing have been drawn under the influence of alcohol and candlelight. I drew a pig. Another barhopper drew a whale. Our drawings were pretty great.
In between my first and second visit both the food and cocktail menu had changed. The cocktail menu was a bit minimal for my liking, however it changes on a weekly basis, and they have a decent wine selection. In my opinion the food was fancy (meaning I didn’t really know what anything was), well priced however, and tasty. I think among our group we tried every item on the tapas-style menu, and everyone enjoyed their selections. So I recommend everything! For the less adventurous, or less hungry, they have complimentary spiced popcorn, of which we consumed many bowls worth – loving this trend in small bars.
The Little Guy is endearing in style and atmosphere, quite befitting of its name. It will keep you coming back for a casual drink as the sun streams through the window of an afternoon, but to be honest, I’d go back just for a chat with the bartenders.
-FSThe Little Guy 87 Glebe Point Road Sydney