Stitch Bar – bringing some 1920s glamour back into Sydney!

Stitch Bar – 61 York St, Sydney. http://www.stitchbar.com/

While the restaurant scene in Sydney is extraordinary, the same could not be said about the bar scene…a year ago. Things have changed since then. I was pleasantly surprised to see a whole bunch of small bars pop up around the CBD…a number of which would make even Melbournians a tad jealous.

My dear friend suggested we meet for dinner at Stitch Bar – I was surprised given she is also a foodie and generally values a good meal over a drink. She assured me that it wasn’t only known for its cocktails but also its food. I was not disappointed!!

Finding Stitch Bar on York St is not a straight forward exercise…it’s easy to walk past it even if you have been there more than once. There’s no sign – I found the number 61 and walked into the entrance. By the entrance was what seemed like a closet – with hangers, jackets and tape…ahhh, Stitch Bar! I proceeded down the wide, lit up stairs down to a wonderfully decorated basement bar, where you see a magnificent 1920s style bar. It was 5.55pm on a Tuesday night and it was full…I put my name down for a table for 4, for which the waitress told me she wasn’t sure how long the wait would be. I sat by the bar and ordered a pinot noir, only to find the area below the counter was lined with old Singer sewing machines…!

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Clockwise from top: the bar, the closet by the entrance, a sewing machine under
the bar counter, the menu

The drinks: Stitch Bar is known for the cocktails – the list is impressive, although pricey ($17 – $24). I tried the Money Magic – a concoction of cachaca with apple juice, vanilla syrup, lime and ginger beer. I was also delighted to see a comprehensive wine list, so we tried the Mt Moriac pinot noir and the Bonnachi chianti, both were great. Beer lovers will be disappointed as there is no beer on offer.

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Clockwise from top: Monkey Magic, curly fries to accompany our drinks, an interesting booth
for 2 facing a wall…!?!

The food – what we ate:

  • Curly fries with chilli seasoning ($6): great to have with your drinks, especially while waiting for your table!
  • Spicy lamb burger with coriander, cheese, walnut sauce, vine ripened tomato & iceberg lettuce ($18): I haven’t had a good lamb burger in a LONG time. This one just hit the spot, with the spice and coriander a great touch to the well cooked lamb.
  • Mack Ducky Dog - Duck, orange and pistachio sausage. With Foie gras de canard & truffle sauce ($19): this is my pick – the truffle sauce on this was just incredible! V even licked the truffle sauce off her fingers!
  • Bulldog – Hot ‘n’ spicy pork dog. With pinto beans, jalapenos, spicy tomato & avocado salsa ($17): very tasty hot dog, but beware, it’s very spicy.
  • Drunken skirt taco - Tequila & citrus marinated skirt steak. Queso fresco. Avocado & tomatillio salsa ($18): while I didn’t try this, this was T’s favourite as a regular to this bar.
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Clockwise from top: Bulldog, Mack Ducky Dog, Spicy Lamb Burger, Drunken Skirt Taco

the verdict: 9/10 – extremely impressive drinks & amazing food (this place is known for its gourmet hot dogs & burgers). awesome ambience with the ‘stitch’ theme – you feel like you’re sitting in a 1920s speakeasy! my only complaint was the music got too loud, making it difficult to converse.

dont forget to order: macky duck dog. the truffle sauce is amazing.

to try next time: MORE DRINKS! also the french poodle – a hot dog with a toulouse style sausage, brie, pickled pear & dijon sauce.

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