Jazz & Blues


Shady Pines Saloon

Sydney-City-Center

4.6 / 5

May 11, 2018

Harking to the wild wild west, Shady Pines Saloon feels like the kind of bar where a horse-sore gun-slinger could happily prop up his spurs for a round or two.

Harking to the wild wild west, Shady Pines Saloon feels like the kind of bar where a horse-sore gun-slinger could happily prop up his spurs for a round or two. To some people, this probably sounds like the bar from hell. But stay with us. The antithesis of the ‘style bar’, Shady Pines Saloon echoes the new-wave pioneer style dive bars now commonplace in Brooklyn and New York’s Lower East Side. But it’s a first for Sydney, and part therein lies its appeal. Furnished in desert kitsch, complete with taxidermied foxes and a giant Texan longhorn steer head that takes up most of one wall, what this former steakhouse lacks in taste (PETA would have a field day here) it makes up for in drinks and its unforced ‘everyone knows your name’ atmosphere. Owners Anton Forte (of Lotus) and Jason Scott (Victoria Room, Libertine) know their cocktails and the bar stocks an impressive range of beers and spirits, with a particular emphasis on whiskey naturally. If you’re here to prop up your own spurs after a long day, start with a set-up that’s a whiskey with a beer back before moving on to the malts, or an artisan Spanish beer. One of Sydney’s newer bars, Shady Pines still has quite a hipstery vibe, but unlike some of Sydney’s scene-ier beachside spots, everyone’s just here to have a good time. Those who can handle the country and western soundtrack, that is.

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