Travelling towards the city from the corner of Albion Street, a short distance up Sydney Road is Bar Oussou. You are very fortunate if this is your local area.
Immediately on walking into the Bar, you are immersed in cultural diversity within a very comfortable space. Invite only your very special friends along, as you will not want this gem to become too crowded.
There are so many good things to say about Bar Oussou: the sangria, the mulled wine, the French-Senegalese cuisine, the live music, the mix of rooms, and a friendly ambience.
Live music from Gypsy Jazz to Cuban is playing regularly in the evenings. Dancing and singing are encouraged, but there are also plenty of individual spaces where you can relax, chat, and listen to the music in the background.
Bar Oussou is open for breakfast on Saturday mornings from 9.00am.
As you wonder whether to slide open the massive glass door at the entrance to Bar Oussou, you will be gestured by waving arms and smiling faces to step inside; already it feels like you are in the right place.
It is easy to imagine the huge glass door being completely open during the warmer months so that the musical notes and happy chatter can waft out onto the street.
Spaces to enjoy include the main bar area; a Victorian-style room with a mix of comfy chairs and a beautiful French chaise lounge that has one slightly wonky caster, easily resolved with a piece of wood beneath its wheel; an Asian-themed cushion room; and an outdoor area.
The venue may also be booked for private functions. If you are planning on dropping by with a group of friends, it is a good idea to give the Bar a call, just in case someone has snapped it up for a private function on a particular night.
Parking is available in nearby streets. Tram 19 runs along Sydney Road, past the front of the venue. Bar Oussou appears to be wheelchair accessible, but check with the venue if accessibility is required.