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A cute northside small bar that ticks most of the right boxes
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If you weren’t told it was there you could easily miss Foxtrot, with its tiny signage and dimly lit doorway, but beyond the large brick arch is a bar unlike anything else in Crows Nest. From the boys that brought you the Pony Room in Manly, Foxtrot has tapped into the something the lower north shore is lacking and the east has plenty of: the small bar. The space, though little, is utilised well, with separate rooms each with their own personality. As you walk in the first area is reminiscent of someone's old study; it's followed by the main bar, complete with elk horns, a sprawling painted mural and bare brick walls. From here you step into the back room – just like your nan's living room, complete with paintings and vintage sofas. Finally, slip up to the indoor garden, furnished with astro turf and white Victorian table-and-chair sets. Menus are hidden in old books with “eat me” and “drink me” tabs, or you can simply ask one of the knowledgeable bar staff for a recommendation. There is a succinct range of beers, and ciders include Rekorderlig and Monteith's, starting at $8. Pizzas ($20) have delicious toppings but the base lacks Italian authenticity. With some slight improvements to food menu, this bar should become a staple for the Crows Nest community.