Shady Pines Saloon
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American-Style Speakeasy in Sydney's Darlinghurst
American-Style Speakeasy in Sydney's Darlinghurst
Speakeasies and secret bars are the trend in Australian cities, namely Melbourne and Sydney. I heard whispers from my expat friends about an "American bar" in Darlinghurst. I finally visited while entertaining friends from home. The unassuming doorway in an equally unassuming alley off Crown Street is Shady Pines Saloon. If it weren't for the alcohol license on the door and bouncer outside, you would never know it was there. The bar's decor reminded me of family members' homes back in Georgia: mounted animal heads, vintage beer trays, dim lighting, and peanut shells coating the floor. Mustachioed bartenders mix craft cocktails and can advise you on their selection of bourbons and whiskeys. Don't let the hipster vibe keep you from having a great time. It's only open from 4:00 p.m. to midnight daily, so go while you can.
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