From the coasters to the pictures of Eva Perón on the walls to the cow-hide-upholstered benches scattered throughout the sprawling main room, Gardel’s is about as Buenos Aires as it gets at this end of the Pacific. And the bar above Porteño
is pushing its Latin roots even harder lately with an overhaul of the pintxos (or snacks) menu. Gone are the famous sliders – single tear – replaced now with a series of skewered, single-serve, tapas-style options like a chorizo croquette with barbecued leeks and brava sauce. They’re excellent eating – this is Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz of Bodega
, after all – but at $7 to $8 a pop, it can add up if you’re here with a group for a long graze. Still, you’re probably here for a bit of pre- or-post-dinner drinking, and by golly is this is an exciting place to be doing your throwing back. The wine list is stuffed with Spanish and Latin American treats, there are interesting beers from the same regions, as well as a short, sharp, all-killer-no-filler cocktail list. You might go for a Banana Old Fashioned or a Peanut Manhattan from their ‘house creations’ (the latter features peanut-infused and duck-fat-washed Jim Beam). Or, if you’re a little under the weather, go for a Penicillin – it’s like the best Lemsip you ever had. With seriously well informed service, good eats and great drinks, Gardel’s Bar remains one of Sydney’s best.