Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern, Sydney

Sydney CBD has a new bar with the recent opening of Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern, a new venue by Sebastian Soto, Charlie Lehmann both formerly of The Baxter Inn and Dardan Shervashidze, ex Frankie’s Pizza.

Ramblin' Rascal Tavern, Sydney
Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern, Sydney

Hidden at the corner of Elizabeth and Park Street, you’ll find it located in the basement beneath Toni & Guy hairdressers. Step down into the inviting space in dark brown timbers and you’ll find a bar that looks somewhat familiar with a ladder and tea lights in glass jars.

Ramblin' Rascal Tavern, Sydney
Back Bar

Take a seat at any of the cosy booths against the walls or sit at the bar for drinks and bar chat – the trio will make you feel welcome.

Ramblin' Rascal Tavern, Sydney
Booth Seating

Vintage posters of pin up girls, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Page on the fridges serve a purpose other than aesthetics. The blonde hides cider and light beer while the brunette has a range of wines and dark beer.

Ramblin' Rascal Tavern, Sydney
Spacious Interior

The 120 person capacity bar has an old fashioned yet timeless charm with vintage Sydney and booze paraphernalia on the walls.

Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern does not play to a theme, instead the focus is on good times and good drinks in relaxed surrounds. The wine list is kept distinctly Australian with the exception of Laurent Perrier Brut from France. Local craft beer features on the menu with the likes of the Feral Smoked Porter and Two Birds Sunset Ale. $6 gets you a “Shit Tinnie” with a brand that changes depending on the mood.

Ramblin' Rascal Tavern, Sydney
Sebastian Soto

A solid range of whisky and bourbon on the back bar which invites imbibing as the cooler months approach. You’ll find six cocktails that combine premium spirits with juices and bitters to create libations that suit a range of palates.

Ramblin' Rascal Tavern, Sydney
Pegu Club Cocktail

The Pegu Club, named after  the famous club in New York is a perfect balance of sour and bitters made with Beefeater Gin, Cointreau, Lime and Bitters and is a good choice to begin with.

Ramblin' Rascal Tavern, Sydney
L-R: Twelve Gauge Grog, Tombstone

The Twelve Gauge Grog appeals to the sweeter palate with Havana Club 7 rum, overproof rum, citrus and bitters served in a tiki mug. Leave the Tombstone until the end, guaranteed to satisfy the booze hounds with Jim Beam Rye, sugar and bitters. Order one, and it won’t be your last.

Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern does not offer bar bites at this stage, with the expectation of complimentary peanuts. The venue has a kitchen but it early days and it may be put to use in the future.

Before you leave, make sure you visit the amenities. Ladies, you may wish to use the first cubicle and gents, there’s a periodic table that will show you what chemistry class failed to teach.

Ramblin' Rascal Tavern, Sydney
L-R: Charlie Lehmann, Dardan Shervashidze, Sebastian Soto

Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern is featured in Sydney’s Best Winter Bars.

Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern
60 Park St (underneath Toni & Guy)
Sydney NSW 2000
Mon – Sat: 4:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sun: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Photography © by Kevin Burke for Gourmantic – Copyright: All rights reserved.

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.