The word arcadia conjures images of rolling, verdant hills with nubile nymphs frolicking under trees whereas Redfern conjures … let’s just say different images. And yet there is something joyous and beautiful about Arcadia Liquors, the new small bar in Redfern that’s just a few minutes from The Dock.
For a start, its courtyard is the best I’ve seen in Sydney. That’s a big call, but to my fevered imagination it almost looks like an ancient grotto, with plants hanging everywhere, and various nooks and crannies in which nymphs are smoking. Then again, I did have a few drinks before venturing out there.
Inside Arcadia, all the boxes for a good small bar are ticked:
- there’s a great long wooden bar counter with stools
- a simple but solid selection of cocktails including a negroni and an old fashioned
- friendly staff
- Dixieland music that’s not too loud for conversation
- a casual, arty and eclectic crowd of people that actually try to help me as I crawl around the floor of the bar looking for something I dropped (hey, I never said I was suave).
On a cocktail note, the whiskey sour I buy for $14 is perfectly done – made with Jim Beam Rye, it’s got just the right balance of sourness and sweetness.
On a food note, I notice people eating takeaway food from other places, so you can apparently satisfy your stomach’s urges here. Since I consider eating to be a sign of weakness, however, I choose not to investigate this further.
And on that note, I will end this glowing review. I like the bar. I cannot fault it. The end.
Arcadia Liquors. 7 Cope Street, Redfern (it’s just off the corner of Regent and Redfern Street). Open Monday to Saturday until midnight, Sunday until 10pm. Check out the Arcadia Liquors website
Now it’s your turn – how do you rate Arcadia Liquors?