The local’s guide to Marrickville’s best bars
Welcome to Marrickville, the buzzing heart of the Inner West. Acquaint yourself with the area with our pick of the top five bars that locals love. New to the area? Head on down to meet some friendly Marrickville locals, you’ll be a part of the community in no time.
Hitting the scene as Marrickville’s first dedicated wine bar, Where’s Nick is the brain child of brothers Julian and Dominic Abouzeid, named after their other brother, Nick (not involved in the venture).
Julian is a former wine buyer for the acclaimed Sydney wine store Oak Barrell – so rest assured, he knows wine. There’s more than 120 wines currently available, all handpicked by Julian based on its drinkability, how natural the production of the wine is, and whether it offers something divergent from standard wines.
Set in a small, dim-lit window front along Marrickville Road, Where’s Nick has a real small-bar vibe, with mismatched furniture, art and a blackboard menu.
On the drinks menu you’ll find an extensive list of natural and organic wines, craft beers and spirits, many heralding local inner West producers. If you’re feeling peckish, options include cheese, cured meats and even chocolate boards, plus pizzas (including a vegan option). It’s also most definitely it’s a place you can go for a pre-dinner drink before hitting Sydney’s best Vietnamese restaurants.
As the suburbs only dedicated wine bar, it’s bustling most nights of the week. Where’s Nick is the perfect place to learn plenty about wines, and have a delicious time while doing it.
236 Marrickville Rd
Marrickville, NSW 2204
POOR TOM’S GIN DISTILLERY
Poor Tom’s gin distillery has been turning out one of Sydney’s best gins for more than three years, now owners Griffin Blumer and Jesse Kennedy have opened the doors of Sydney’s favourite gin to 2204 and beyond.
Blumer and Kennedy, in conjunction with “Gin Mastermind” Marcel Thompson, are solely dedicated to making gins that are unconventional, irreverent and world-class. And their flagship gin hall is much the same.
Poor Tom’s Gin Distillery offers a lush oasis just a step off Marrickville’s concrete footpath – complete with hanging plants and a chapel-like arch lighting the spirits on offer. Set behind a roller-door in a warehouse, you’ll find a custom-made bar with a real communal feel about the place.
The drinks centre on the Poor Tom’s gin range, with each gin having its own signature cocktail on the menu. The list is tight, but changes weekly to keep locals on their toes, and coming back for more. The full Poor Tom’s range is on offer as well for those who like the classic Poor Tom’s G&T with fresh strawberries – pure gin magic.
There’s no food made in house, but the gin is so good that if you find yourself staying a little longer than anticipated, patrons can order delicious pizza from Pizza Madre around the corner. On Sunday’s you can also partake in an old community favourite, a sausage sizzle.
Poor Toms Gin
6 Chalder Avenue
Marrickville NSW 2204
LAZYBONES LOUNGE RESTAURANT & BAR
LazyBones Lounge brings hip jazz bar vibes to the heart of Marrickville. Featuring live music every night of the week, it’s the perfect spot to meet, hang out, chat and listen to some seriously smooth tunes.
Inside you’ll find stylish interiors, a lengthy cocktail list, wines from around the world, local microbrews on tap, a wide variety of spirits and an ever-evolving menu filled with favourites like dumplings, pizza, tacos, sliders and much more. Better yet, the kitchen is open until the wee hours of the morning for you night owls.
The moody vibe is perfect for the soulful jazz that plays every night, complete with red splashed walls and velvet curtains, comfortable leather sofas and retro stools. Look up and you’ll see a ceiling adorned with a stunning Hare Krishna mural.
The bar itself brings a little Melbourne, with owner Craig Pieterson having opened a few bars in Fitzroy before bringing his expertise to Marrickville.
There’s no denying the bar is all about music, with the name itself inspired by a Fats Waller song. And without gambling or any TV’s, the Lounge is the perfect place for locals to relax with a good drink and funky tunes.
Seductive and notorious, LazyBones is the perfect haunt for local music lovers and trendsetters.
Lazybones Lounge Restaurant & Bar
294 Marrickville Road
Marrickville NSW 2204
What do you get when you combine craft beers, boutique wines, bar food and live music in an eclectic, arty space with a courtyard and relaxed vibe? Marrickville’s Gasoline Pony.
This small Marrickville bar has become a local’s favourite; Gasoline Pony attracts all from music lovers, cocktail connoisseurs and dive bar devotees.
What was once a paint shop on Marrickville Road, Gasoline Pony now offers live music Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with everything from gypsy grunge to Americana folk, a credit to its musically talented brother sister owners, Fiona Cook and Elmo Reid.
Local craft beer favourites are on offer, think The Grifter, Batch Brewing Co and Young Henry’s, plus boutique wines and crafty cocktails. For food, you can find all your small bar food favourites – tacos, nachos, Cuban sandwiches and cheese plates.
Low lighting and simple wooden furniture add to the ambience of the Gasoline Pony, a simple, likeable non-fuss bar that does not take itself too seriously. It’s the perfect spot for a non-pretentious mid-week drink, or a casual date.
115 Marrickville Road
Marrickville NSW 2204
Titus Jones is small, sophisticated and comfortable – the perfect spot in Marrickville for locals from all backgrounds to catch up with friends. Much like your favourite barista knowing your name, you’ll be personally greeted once you come in a few times. It’s a cosy bar bringing delicious cocktails, no-nonsense cheeseboards, gourmet toasties and cheap taco nights.
Located in an area fast-becoming a hot contender for Sydney’s hottest eat and drink streets, Titus Jones is all about the community and offering a welcoming space where you can rock up at the timber bar, order one of the cool and creative cocktail concoctions or local craft beer, and chat to your neighbours.
Team this strong local vibe with good booze in a good setting with good people and you’ve got the perfect wind-down spot for Friday after-work drinks.
Ex-Warner Music label manager Merrick Webb opened the doors of Titus Jones to the 2204 in 2015, with the intention to bring a fresh feel to the hang-out spots in Marrickville. The playlists are made up of hip hop and soul music to cement the relaxed, funky vibe.
Seasonally, they are also throwing mulled wine on the menu during the winter months to help warm up us local Marrickvillians.
337 Illawarra Road,
Marrickville NSW 2204
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