The diversity of Sydney's pubs and clubs is nigh unmatched by any other city in the Southern hemisphere. You could head to the CBD and soak in the high-brow, martini-soaked cocktail lounges of George Street, or head to any of the metropolis' renowned beer gardens and enjoy any number of exotic brews that would pique even the most jaded of taste buds. But what of the obscure, the unknown, the silver needle in the expensive haystack?
Nestled squarely comfortably on King in Newtown, Coopers absolutely oozes Dive, without convincing its patrons they'll be stabbed at any second. The decor is in a league of its own: there's a definite '50s vibe about the place, with a small dose of Comic Book chic for good measure.
The liquor cabinet may not be the most expansive one in the Southern Hemisphere, but the price is certainly right. 7.50 for the house whiskey? Sign me up! If booze isn't your thing, then fear not; Coopers has an upstairs "Secret Garden" where you can order delicious - and cheap - meals of a broad range of cuisines. The menu changes day-to-day, so be sure to check back to see what new surprises the chef has in store.
The agreeable pricing and endearing atmosphere isn't all Coopers has to offer - no, not by a long shot. The crowd of patrons at Coops is diverse and friendly. Everyone, be they middle-aged regulars, snappily-dressed hipsters, or uni students, is there to have a good time, and won't deny you the pleasure of a casual conversation. If you're sharp enough to go on a Wednesday, you'll get to see what it's really all about at Coops: the music.
If the Hump Day blues have got you down, Coopers has just the cure for what ails you. Utterly fantastic singer-songwriters get the crowd warmed up for one of the most under-appreciated musical acts of our time: Mitch Anderson and his Organic Orchestra. This quartet churns out funk and rock songs that are beyond compare with anything you'll hear on the radio nowadays. Be it one of their fantastic cover tunes ("Crazy" and "After Midnight" are highlights) or a unique original piece, you'll be closing your eyes and bobbing your head to the hypnotic rhythm and blues before you can say "crunchy jams."
Try something different this week. Settle in with your favourite drink, absorb the wonderful vibes of the bar-room, meet some new folks, and, if you're lucky, have your day made by the best music this side of Uluru.