Bars Restaurants

Dead Ringer, Surry Hills

From the team at Bulletin Place bar in Sydney comes a new cocktail bar and restaurant in Surry Hills. Dead Ringer occupies the space that was formerly Emmilou and Bar Lou Lou on Bourke St.

Dead Ringer, Surry Hills
High Tables

With a pared back interior of polished timbers, high tables and bench style booths at the back, the venue has a diner look and feel and seats 10 persons at the bar.

Dead Ringer, Surry Hills
Back Area

Dead Ringer is owned and operated by Tim Philips, Adi Ruiz, Rob Sloan and David Hobbs but unlike Bulletin Place, Dead Ringer has a focus on food. Chef Tristan Rosier’s (ex-Farmhouse & Est.) menu tempts with share plates based on seasonal fare. Small plates include Pork Jowl Terrine ($10) with rye crumb and mustard seed, Beef Tartare ($16) with pickled eggplant and potato paper with more substantial dishes including Barramundi ($30) with Romesco mussels and onions as well as Roast Chicken ($32) with mash and cavolo nero.

Dead Ringer, Surry Hills
Bar Area with Seating

The food-friendly cocktail list follows the food with drinks that are suitable for “before”, “during” and “after” eating. Fortified wines feature on the menu with sherry, port and madeira as key ingredients.

Dead Ringer, Surry Hills
L-R: Postscript, Yuzu Breezer

Cocktails include the Yuzu Breezer ($17) with rum, yuzu and grapefruit juice and the Postscript ($17) with Madeira, blanco vermouth and lemon juice. Wines are all available by the glass and you’ll find a selection of local craft beer and cider.

Dead Ringer has an outdoor area on the terrace and with the approaching warmer months, it’s set to be a hit with Sydney-siders.

Dead Ringer
413 Bourke St, Surry Hills
Hours: Monday to Friday 5pm to Midnight; Saturday: Midday to Midnight; Sunday: Midday to 10pm

Updated 18 September 2015.

About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.