What’s this? No decoy shopfront? No secret entrance? No cocktails in jam jars? No sir, Surly’s gives two fingers to the current trend for speakeasies and Victoriana-laden mixology haunts. Instead, this place in Surry Hills, Sydney, is a good old-fashioned dive bar, with rock’n’roll on the sound system, baskets of food you can stick your face in, and drinks glasses that don’t make you look like a total dickhead every time you take a hearty swig.
Waxed moustache? Move along please, this isn’t for you. At Surly’s Sydney we’ve got two Art Deco storeys of scuffed floorboards; neon signs; old school video games; shuffleboard and retro Americana plastering the otherwise bare brick walls. The American influence also flows from the taps, with truck stop favourites Coors and Blue Moon alongside local craft offerings. In the kitchen ‘murican chef Brendham Bennison brings his 20 years’ knowledge of the stateside smoker to bear, using seasoned woods in an imported Missouri smoker to slowly prepare classic southern barbecue offerings combining techniques and flavours from Texas, Tennessee, Carolina and Kansas City. Dive in!