Cheers to a hidden gem
Sydney’s small bar epidemic is at its peak and no lane or alley way is safe from its symptoms. Needless to say that Sydneysiders are finding it hard to keep up with the dizzying number of small bars opening after recent changes to the city’s historically strict and expensive licensing laws. One bar though is setting the pace for the rest, and with crowds still flocking in the masses for over a year, there’s no doubt she’s a stayer.
The Baxter Inn can be found down a nondescript Clarence Street alleyway where New York-style steam rises from the footpath and an always classily clad bouncer greets you. Down the fire escape you go and find yourself in an intimate American-esque saloon with blues in the background, photographs of boxing legends on the walls and one of the most extensive libraries of alcohol you may ever see (the bartenders use ladders to reach some of the more expensive offerings).
This dimly lit haven attracts all types but is a special favourite of those who love their scotch, unique beers and/or classic cocktails made by people who know what they’re doing – and they do. At The Baxter Inn it’s all about the bar - you’ll find complementary pretzels here but that’s about as far as the culinary offerings go, but for the drink devotees (of which Sydney has many) that’s the best kind of bar.