Spring Street Social
May 11, 2018
Hidden away down a narrow stairwell between a dry cleaners and Fitness First, this is an atmospheric Bondi basement bar where music plays a key role. The aesthetic is not unfamiliar. There’s a dash of the apothecary to the place, what with its bare brick, flickering candles, jars of wild flowers and old mirrors, a vintage gramophone perched nearby the well-stocked back bar. A blues soundtrack adds to the vibe. It doesn’t take the speakeasy feel too far though and there’s a friendliness to the place which is appealing. There’s a stonking four-page list of craft beers through which to work and they also offer a wide range of cocktails, many made with their house-made selection of bitters. Their siphon-filtered Coffee Martinez sounds amazing, as does their take on the classic pisco sour, spiked with ginger. Bar snacks include cheddar brulee and salmon candy (like fish jerky, only nice), and their fries come loaded with melted cheese, jalapenos, bacon and ranch dressing. There’s ticketed gigs in the adjoining Jam Gallery, and live music in the bar itself most nights.