A Sydney based writer, director, actor. Loves going out and exploring what Sydney has to offer.
Published July 9th 2012
I first entered Bar Racuda, opposite the Enmore Theatre on Enmore Road, with caution. Although I love the idea of small bars, I'm wise to their overpriced drinks, scant servings of food and pretentious punters.
At only a quarter past 6 on this Friday night, the bar was quite full. It is a true small bar, as it comfortably fits 25-30 people and an excess of this would be a tight squeeze. The following night, however, I passed at roughly the same time to see that the bar was empty, so it may be most popular as an after work drinks spot.
We sat at one of the high wooden tables in the low-lit, petite room. Jazzy numbers sifted through at a moderate level, meaning that our conversation was still audible.
There is a small selection of Italian and WA wines and even fewer are available by the glass. The Fermoy Estate Shiraz ($8) was a well-bodied wine with spice and berry flavours. The beers on offer were a good mix, and my boyfriend jumped at the opportunity to drink a Leffe ($8).
The cocktail list is what entices most of the patrons, with the familiar regulars and a few creative concoctions, such as the Orange & Marmalade Bramble ($14). For $20, 2-3 people can share a 'Racuda Shaker', a large Margarita, Pimms no. 1 or Cosmopolitan served in a finely decorated pitcher.
The limited food menu is of no concern, as it should be overlooked immediately for the Aperitivo. Offered daily from 6pm-8pm, the complimentary Aperitivo transported me back to my holiday in Milan, where a friend and I would visit local bars and, after buying a cocktail each, munch away at the free feasts provided. In true Italian style, Bar Racuda's resident chef, Mr Mario, serves an array of antipasto dishes which he cooks in plain view behind the bar. The dishes may include cured meats, marinated vegetables, fresh salads, frittatas and toasted bread.