Home of the Small Bar

Surry Hills is fast emerging as the home of the small bar in Sydney, I suspect. As I walked around Surry today I noticed a development application for another, right next to the refurbished Surry Hills library.

It’s what was the Indian restaurant which collapsed in November 2007, which provoked a lot of local attention, as well as media attention. I wrote this at the time.

“How long have you been here for?”, I said to a colleague who is coveing the story for television news. “Since 10 o’clock this morning”, he told me with a wry grin. All of the television stations (except SBS) seem to have crews there. We love a building collapse in Sydney, don’t we?

The former collapsing Indian take-away re-emeges as small bar
The former collapsing Indian take-away re-emeges as small bar

It’ll be interesting to see what they develop in the space, especially since that part of Surry Hills is now developing a bit of a small bar culture.

Meanwhile, as I waited at the bus stop I noticed a poster for something not terribly “Surry” at all. It’s wrong to generalise, of course, especially since “Surry” is quite a diverse neighbourhood. I just can’t see there being much of a market advertising in a bus shelter in Sydney for a “hits and memories” style of rock musical that’s advertised as “only in Melbourne”.

Rock Of Ages
Rock Of Ages – of course it’s only in Melbourne. Why would you think an 80s power rock musical would work anywhere else?

2 thoughts on “Home of the Small Bar

  1. Have you been into the Double Oxen cafe near the sushi place on Cleveland Street? Always empty. Confused menu. I don’t know how they got the money for the refit, they must take $20 a day max.

  2. Hi Tom, no I haven’t. There’s always a restaurant or cafe opening up in the area. Perhaps the most interesting local development will be Cafe Siccillia, the transformation of a local thai into a mega cafe. I’m wondering what impact its likely to have, if any, on places like Cossies, Mint and so on.

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