One is a casual, sofa-filled affair called Mr Falcon that I’ll review soon – but for now I’ll focus on The Little Guy, which is just a few minutes walk away and looks as if a landscape gardener designed it.
I say this because there’s a horizontal ladder, a watering can and metal pails with plants growing out of them that hang above the bar counter, while the bar counter top is made from a large rough-edged wooden slab that looks like half a tree. There’s also some tree-thingie (I’m not good with horticultural terms – even cacti die in my care) that’s painted on the wall.
Most of the seating here is at the bar counter, which combined with the jovial staff (they genuinely seem to be enjoying themselves) makes this feel like a friendly neighbourhood bar.
Drinks wise they have the Hangman beer and the Pickpocket cider on tap, both from the Rocks Brewing Company (which is connected to Harts Pub) as well as some craft beers, a number of wines and a short cocktail menu that looks like it’ll change frequently.
After sticking with the Hangman beer (which is served in pints or half pints) on my first and second visits here (it’s a great brew), I try the Tommy’s Margarita on my third visit – and it’s good. I like how they use Don Julio tequila and organic agave syrup, and that they asked me if I wanted the rim salted. For $16, you can’t really beat this.
I also try their Bourbon Bitter and Twisted cocktail, which I like although my gay wingman isn’t as fond of it. Made with a shot of Makers Mark, a shot of American Honey by Wild Turkey, as well as grapefruit juice and bitters, this is like a fresh and fruity take on an Old Fashioned. I try to point out that the cocktail’s name matches the GW’s persona, but that doesn’t appease him either.
Food wise they serve fresh popcorn (the staff are continually popping corn behind the bar) as well as nibbles such as pate, hummus, brie and prosciutto. However, the popcorn’s so plentiful – and addictive – that I stick to that. In addition to the front bar there’s also some seating down the back and an area upstairs, but it’s the front bar that makes this place special. With their predilection for rock and roll (the Rolling Stones was playing on my last visit) and an upbeat vibe, this is definitely a bar I’ll be going back to again and again.
The Little Guy, 87 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. See The Little Guy website. Open Monday to Friday (4pm to midnight), Saturday (1pm to midnight), and Sunday (3pm to 10pm).
Now it’s your turn – how do you rate The Little Guy?