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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.