Hit Neutral Bay for share plates and wine by the glass
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Little sister of the original Firefly in Walsh Bay, this Neutral Bay location has become a drinking and dining hotspot in its own right. Always busy, but ever accommodating, its warm and inviting atmosphere and share plates see the small bar packed out every night. The wine list is long and impressive, organised by ‘palate weight’- progressing from lighter to heavier drops. Work your way through glasses of blaufranksich, grenache and laufrankisch. All sound a little daunting? No worries – the staff are attentive, honest and always on hand to recommend a wine. Or you can simply check the blackboard for what’s ‘pouring now’. The cocktail list is sweet, short and simple including the Espresso Martini (AKA the Vodka Espresso) which gets a shake up with three variations, each having received personal touch from the bartenders that created them. Order one for an after dinner espresso ka-pow – we say try the ‘Phil’ featuring Flor de Cana 7 year old rum (or go for a Tequila Espresso if you're really up for it). Firefly is also known for their share plates, and for a good reason. The wagyu mini burgers ($18) disappear off the stone platter far too quickly and their addictive zucchini fries ($10) will have you licking your fingers for more. As far as small bars on the northside of the city go, this is really the one that started it all, and we're happy to see the fire's still burning.