You'll discover Bat Country café and bar at 'The Spot' in Randwick. The interior is teeming with rustic hipster charm. Particularly intriguing are the exotic artworks on the walls at the tables. The retro style crockery is a quaint reminder of grandma's house, except for the fact that you're listening to Neil Young or The Rolling Stones. The decent sized booths are comfy but tend to fill up quick on weekends.
This is a relaxed spot for brunch and coffee lovers won't be disappointed. If you can get in early enough you need to try their dark chocolate walnut croissants. These are absolutely exceptional and sell out fast. They are huge too, so it's a good idea to share one.
Bat Country's menu is delightfully seasonal. Just when you start to get bored with it, they change it up. Everything is delicious and well presented. Try the house poppy crumpets for something different. They're served with fresh lime butter.
Like the rest of 'The Spot', this place is packed on Friday and Saturday nights. Hop on a bar stool and browse the impressive menu. The cocktails are whimsical but pricey, as to be expected. The 'monument to misbehaviour' even comes out flaming (pictured). You'll love their 'forgotten classics' list, although they can be as high as $22 a pop.
My only criticism is that they seem to have a high turnover of staff and this can lead to poor service; although there are a couple of established workers who strive to make you feel at home. They'll often come right up and sit next to you to take your order, which is a nice touch.
If you're in a hurry the bat roll is a perfect takeaway option. It's a glorified bacon and egg roll on a milk bun. Get it with hot sauce.