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There are two things, straight off the bat, that make this pocket-sized CBD bar the standard setter it is. That’s the drinks and the service. The room? Well, it’s a 40-or-so seat shoebox perched above a café, decorated sparely. Music isn’t really a drawcard here, either. A handful of seats at the bar mean you’ll be lurking or getting table service.

But this is the thing. Table service is going to be from the likes of bar team Adi Ruiz, Robb Sloane, Tim Phillips or young gun Matt "Slinky" Linklater. Which is pretty much a win no matter how you spin it. One of those guys’ll be behind the bar shaking up their short, sharp and perfectly executed menu, scrawled on brown paper with a sharpie at the beginning of each service.

The Ring-a-Rosey (sic) – gin, fresh pink grapefruit and rosemary for savour – is a refreshing start to the night. Or there’s always Booze and Juice, which is whatever the guys feel like pouring (tonight it’s pisco, pineapple and apple juice). The menu is, on the whole, fresh juice-based and relies heavily on whatever’s in-season, which means anything on the list tends to have a limited run. But go off-menu and be rewarded with a team with a staggering amount of cocktail knowledge.

Geeky as they are, they’re not boring creeps about it. More likely, you’ll just get served a forgotten classic. It could be a De La Louisiane – the fraternal twin of the Sazerac. You might mistake them for the same thing across the room, but the difference is clear up close. Here, it’s equal parts rye and sweet vermouth, with a dash each of Peychaud’s bitters, sugar and absinthe. The result is semi-sweet and dusty with bitter highlights. The accompanying history lesson is more of an aside, and you’ll probably only get it if you ask for it.

At Bulletin Place they’re here to shake you, not stir you. 

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Updated on 19 Apr 2015.

By Myffy Rigby   |  

Bulletin Place details

Lvl 1, 10-14 Bulletin Place, Sydney 2000

Price per person including drinks $10.00 to $20.00

Open Mon-Wed 4pm-midnight; Thu-Sat 4pm-1am

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