May 11, 2018
Eau de Vie has their awards and Shady Pines Saloon oozes hipster cred, but when it comes to understated atmospheric cool, Low 32 doles it out in spades. A welcome, newish addition to Darlinghurst’s already thriving bar scene, the low-lit space features walls draped in red velvet, with a baby grand piano taking pride of place in one corner of the room. In a nutshell, it’s chock full of character that feels refreshingly un-staged. Located on the cusp of Darlinghurst and Surry Hills, Low 32 is also incredibly well stocked and, as some of the bartenders hail from Sydney’s fabulous Victoria Room, you can take it as a given that the cocktails will be worth your time; their sloe gin variant on the traditional Sidecar ably proves this point while their Piccadilly’s Real Circus, a blend of cucumber vodka, ginger ale and Pimms, is gloriously refreshing on a stifling summer’s eve. The culinary pickings on offer are of the Argentinean-inspired dude food variety, but while they’re not particularly light on the palate, it’s hard to complain when the drinks are this good. Open until 2am, the bar is always hosting events, mostly of the live jazz, blues, soul and rock’n’roll variety. A number of high and low tables are scattered throughout the floor, so it’s usually relatively to snag a seat, or at the very least find somewhere to plonk your drink. Take note, that Low 32 closes on Mondays.