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The Li’l Darlin of Darlinghurst

December 12, 2014 at 10:37 am
Prosciutto that literally makes the mouth water... Source: Li'l Darlin

Prosciutto that literally makes the mouth water… Source: Li’l Darlin

Located in the heart of Darlinghurst, and just a five minute walk from Kings Cross station, Kieran McKinn found Li’l  Darlin to be a welcome change, breaking the monotonous trend of usual joints that he and his mates usually end up in.

After jogging through the rain, I would be forgiven for having to do a double take to find this inconspicuous bar. Shaking my rain sodden hair, I was welcomed with a chorus of chatter as vintage lamps and lanterns bathed a series of stone tables in a golden glow. To my surprise, half of Sydney had braved the weather and the venue was bursting at the seams.

My visit to the cocktail bar was for a friend’s 21st and without wanting to waste the bar tab (as good friends do) we sampled some of the finest cocktails Sydney has to offer. Not only did they taste exceptional, but they were presented in a pleasantly unique manner. Step back into your childhood with the hundreds and thousands cocktail, a refreshing mix of homemade apple and strawberry juice, infused with lemon and vodka (and of course the topping that turns any slice of buttered bread into fairy goodness).

If you’re not too worried about your waistline, my drink of choice for the night was the pomegranate sour, a combination of white rum, apple juice, lemon and lime, with a crusty exterior coated in vanilla sugar.  After walking into Li’l Darlin, positively anti-rum, my taste buds were easily overwhelmed and were constantly thirsty for a follow-up jar.

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Pamper yourself with the fairy floss cocktail. Source: Li’l Darlin

The variety of food at Li’l Darlin compliments the extensive range of cocktails on offer. Whilst the kitchen provides pastries, pizzas, salads and sides, the tapas made for the perfect snack. The Bocconcini cheese platter filled with chargrilled vegetables and an assortment of dips were a huge hit and didn’t last long at our table. Whilst I didn’t get a chance to give the pizzas a crack, it appears the chefs really know their stuff.

For those with a sweeter tooth, give the desserts a shot, especially the vanilla & orange panna cotta with berries & mint compote. If you don’t want anything too heavy, then nibble on a li’l dried fruit, nuts, water biscuits and a selection of imported cheese (a perfect light meal for two).

How's the serenity - there's plenty of room to move around at Li'l Darlin

The open space bar facilitates for both food enthusiasts and those looking to sample a range of cocktails. Source Lil’ Darlin

The best part is that a night out at Li’l  Darlin isn’t going to hit your back pocket too hard. Offering all the luxuries of a quintessential bar, the cocktails are reasonably priced at around $17 each. The smaller sides and tapas are the best option and you can get away with bread, olive oil and balsamic for $5 or share a platter with friends for a bargain $28.

Li’l Darlin is ideal for those wanting to head out for a few quiet drinks with friends, date night or as I found out, a great opener for a hen’s or buck’s party. Open from 4pm till late, make sure you pencil it in for your next post-work drinks. I’ll see you there with a pomegranate rum in hand!

This ain’t your ordinary bistro

November 17, 2014 at 9:47 pm
Fish of the day. Source

Fish of the day. Source

An impressive list of restaurateurs has made Southbank’s fare synonymous with high quality dining, and our introduction of Downstairs Bistro & Lounge is no exception. Words by Ryan Auberson-Walsh

Binge eat through Balmain

November 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm
The Cottage Bar & Kitchen

The Cottage Bar & Kitchen. Source

Sitting proudly along Balmain’s blossoming tree-lined streets are a generous number of dining spots pouring some of Sydney’s best coffee, and plating up tender treats for their patrons.

Many among them are already local institutions, but we think it’s time the word got out for people far and wide to swing on by, enjoy a cuppa and chow down for breakfast, lunch, dinner or any naughty snacking in between. We’ve done the intense work (if you call eating your way through two suburbs a life-ruiner), and come up with our favourite dining order – but that doesn’t mean you can’t commit to a future return for any other mealtime munching. Words by Ryan Auberson-Walsh

3 Melbourne CBD concept bars you need to try

October 29, 2014 at 1:42 pm
The Croft Institute's ground level bar. Source

The Croft Institute’s ground level bar. Source

No matter where in the world we are, there’s nothing quite like spending an evening sharing a drink with pals in a themed venue like a creepy house or a good Mexican cantina. These are three of Melbourne’s best offerings – and some of them are insanely cool. Words by Ryan Auberson-Walsh

Mayor Darcy Byrne’s Guide to Leichhardt’s Best

September 17, 2013 at 10:01 pm

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Councillor Darcy Byrne is well known as an articulate and passionate advocate for change and renewal in his local area. Growing up in Balmain, he has been a life-long resident of Leichhardt Municipality which includes the suburbs of Leichhardt, Balmain, Rozelle, Lilyfield, Annandale and Birchgrove. In 2008 he was elected to Leichhardt Council as a Councillor and today continues to fight for a more fun, affordable and fairer Sydney. When he’s not managing the Glebe Youth Service or pushing for positive change, he can be found at the following six great locations within the Leichhardt Municipality, as shared via Posse:

Melbourne Guide: Dara Simkin- ‘Thank You, Come Again’ Group

July 7, 2013 at 11:30 pm

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Dara Simkin heads up Marketing at ‘Thank You, Come Again‘; the Melbourne bar group that brought you Double Happiness, New Gold Mountain, Lily Blacks, Mr Wow’s Emporium & just recently, Los Barbudos! Renowned for delivering superior cocktails, knowledgeable bar staff and a merry atmosphere with every new opening; it’s undeniable that they add an edge to Melbourne’s celebrated bar scene. We had a quick chat to Dara about the Melbourne places she’s recommended via Posse:

The Gentry Man’s Sydney

June 13, 2013 at 3:31 am

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Ardi Astarto was recruited as a suit specialist at Ben Sherman’s flagship Sydney store before coming on board to expand renowned British tailoring/menswear company T.M. Lewin onto Australian shores. In 2012 he was awarded the Australian Style Institute’s Fire Starter Award for the rapid growth and expansion of his fashion blog: The Gentry Man. Delivering weekly articles on menswear and lifestyle, while dropping in the odd occasional hip-hop/pop culture reference, The Gentry Man has expanded not only as a fashion blog but as a personal styling experience. We reached out to Ardi to find out where he likes to wind down when he’s not making the world a more glamorous place!


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