Last week I had the pleasure to check out Small Bar, a gorgeous little wine bar on Crows Nest’s main strip.
Once you step inside, you’ll notice Small Bar certainly does live up to its name in size. However in this case, smaller is definitely much better! The wine bar is quite narrow and runs right down to a pretty little courtyard out the back light up with fairy lights and plenty of candles. The first thing I noticed was just how intimate the place was. With warm wooden interiors on the inside and exposed brick and vines outside, it certainly gave off a romantic and warm ambience – very European!
They have an extensive list of wines for you to try and the staff are incredibly knowledgable. They’re more than happy to help you select a wine if you’re daunted by the list. Alongside this, they offer an amazing tapas menu, which all come under $20! Whether you’re after a couple of drinks with some nibbles or a full blown meal, there are more than enough food options on the menu for you to choose from.
Alex and I were spoilt for choice, but in the end went for the cheeseburgers ($16) the calamari ($14) the arancini balls ($12.50) and accompanied these with some mixed olives ($7). The servings were generous and the waiter service is incredibly quick.
Definitely a perfect little spot to catch up with friends, or take someone out on a date. Although the space is smaller, and you find that you are sat quite close to other patrons, there is a sense of intimacy there. It’s incredibly warm, friendly and offers a relaxed atmosphere. I went on Tuesday night, and was told by the staff that they have live music on the weekends, so perhaps it would be a little more livelier then. Either way, whatever you’re after – you can pick a night that suits!
A little tip though, they don’t take reservations, so make sure you turn up early on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – especially if you want a courtyard table.
I definitely recommend you check out this little gem! If you have been or end up going, let me know your thoughts! And as always.. Live a little!
85 Willoughby Rd,
Crows Nest 2065
Phone: 02 9438 4559