Amidst the hustle and bustle of Goulburn Street’s Haymarket end, is nestled a brand new hidden bar gem, worthy of any nightlife veteran’s attention. At present, the entrance looks like a cross between an underground karaoke bar (which I’m later told it once was) and a Thai massage parlour – although the delights found within far exceed that of the aforementioned establishments (not that I’d know). I arrive on time, but my friend is predictably late. I pull up a stool at the bar, and order a martini, after raising a respectful eyebrow to the ingenious cocktail list. The drinks, needless to say, are on point. I later enjoyed a ‘Mel-Ki’ ($17) boasting melon liqueur, Grand Marnier and fresh kiwi. The interior of this nouveau nightspot is a mix of trendy tiling and sleek modern finishing; slightly too cool to be called flashy, but certainly maintains a shiny element. It’s the perfect spot for a covert liaison, or when the regular haunts are getting too passé. Owner and proprietor Nathanial Bourke hints to me that the prospect of live music at the venue is also close on the horizon. I’m starting to get a Frankie’s Pizza vibe. Oh yeah… they also serve pizza.
Basement Level, 27-33 Goulburn Street, Haymarket
Ph: (02) 8970 5813 basement33.com
Bar, Cocktails $$