Where: 63 Flinders Street, Surry Hills 2010
Opening Hours: Mon - Wed 11am - 12am, Thu - Fri 11am - 3am, Sat 6pm - 3am
Phone: 02 9281 2765
There is something a little bit saucy about Flinders. Could it be the way that the interior flirts with Americana whilst remaining resolutely local? The audacious opening hours? Perhaps that its namesake drink is a twist on a Bloody Mary? Whatever that secret sauce is, we want more of it. The words 'dive bar' have been floating around this place since it opened, and that can only be a good thing.
The drinks menu, however, may not be what you'd expect. Don't get me wrong: there are certainly tough elements. Tequila, rye whisky and absinthe all put in an appearance. But the way these elements are put together suggests something a little more considered. The Pickletini reworks this classic gin base with pickle juice, while Penicillin (with scotch, more scotch, lemon, honey and ginger) promises to cure what's ailing you. For a fundamentalist, the Aussie Boilermaker might be the go: a schooner of XXX, shot of Bundaberg rum and a home made sausage roll should do the trick. That said, the flashing neon in the window that spells out 'COLD BEER' isn't lying either. There's plenty of good options on tap, with Kirin and James Squire - both Amber and Pilsner.
As you would expect from its owners, the music policy is darn good, with Hip Hop Wednesdays and Hippies From Hell on Thursdays both regular features. Having the incredible Duke upstairs certainly doesn't hurt either - with the longest opening hours outside Chinatown, this restaurant can come in handy after an extended happy hour.
Despite its critics, the Flinders has cemented its reputation with its penchant for the unexpected. This place ain't going anywhere for a while, and frankly, that's a very good thing.
Tequila and Sangrita
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