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Shirt Bar in Sussex Lane: Yarnbombing with Magda Sayeg

Shirt Bar in Sydney’s CBD played host to the unveiling of an unusual piece of art just outside its doors. The stairs in Sussex Lane were yarnbombed with splashes of colour by knit graffiti artist Magda Sayeg in a piece called “Untitled”.

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Sussex Lane yarnbombed

Part of the Art & About Sydney festival running from 23 September to 23 October, Magda, guerrilla knitter from Austin, Texas, addressed guests at the Shirt Bar and gave a brief introduction to her work.

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Yarnbombing the steps

Yarnbombing, yarnstorming, or guerilla knitting is described as “infusing a warmth and humanity to a landscape of concrete and steel”, an exciting concept that is causing a lot of interest in the art world.

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Guests at Shirt Bar

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Magda Sayeg at Shirt Bar

For the occasion, Shirt Bar opened its doors in the evening of Saturday 24th September and offered a tasting of Hendrick’s Gin and Tonic with canapés from Balcony Bar, another small bar further along the pedestrian laneway.

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Hendricks Gin & Tonic at Shirt Bar

Shirt Bar in Sussex Lane has been on our radar since it opened its doors in June 2011 due to to Mr G’s long association with men’s fashion. A novel concept store, it combines business shirts, a café and a small bar with an emphasis on dark spirits under the same intimate roof.

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Shirts, bar and café

Shirts by Ganton, Jensen, Bespoke and Louka & Sabina are at home with single malts, wine and spirits, single origin FAT coffee and Micks gourmet pies.

The wine selection includes the sexy range from Saint and Sinner Wines and Champagne from G.H. Mumm. Two Peroni beers are available and a minimalist cocktail list which includes Mint Julep served in a chilled pewter cup and Espresso Martini. With a good range of spirits on display, the bartenders may just accommodate a request if you ask nicely.

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Selection of dark spirits

But you come to Shirt Bar for their impressive range of dark spirits, particularly whisky and rum. Single malts from Scotland include a few favourites such as Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Glenfiddich and the Balvenie. There’s even Lark Distillery single malt from Australia, Yamazaki and Nikka from Japan and Hudson single malt from the USA – all of which we have tasted and reviewed at the Sydney Whisky Fair.

Blends include 3 varieties of Chivas Regal, Johnnie Walker Black and Blue, and Monkey Shoulder. Bourbon, tequila and rum complete the spirit collection, with the 12 year old Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, a rum we particularly enjoyed at the Baranows Emporium Cigar and Spirit event at La Bodeguita Del Medio during BarShow Week.

For whisky aficionados, Shirt Bar holds regular Scotch Club tasting sessions with accompanying food.

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Art and drink at Shirt Bar

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Shirt Bar concept

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Colour on Sussex Lane during Art & About

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Shirt Bar, Sussex Lane

Shirt Bar is not just a quirky business combining retail and hospitality. Its classy and artful interiors coupled with a small bar vibe make it a top spot to unwind with a serious drink in hand and a welcome respite after a long day in the corporate world. Sláinte to that!

Shirt Bar is featured in Sydney’s top whisky bars.

Shirt Bar
7 Sussex Lane
Between 275 Kent St & Sussex St
Sydney NSW 2000

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.