Whatever you do, don't bring your dirty clothes. The washing machines and dryers are long since gone. What was once Darlinghurst Laundromat has, with the change of a few letters and whole lot of elbow grease, been transformed into Darlie Laundromatic, one of the newest comers to the Darlinghurst small bar scene.
And it's a damn good bar. By day a cafe catering to the lunch crowd, come nightfall the coffee is put away and the alcohol comes out as Darlinghurst hipsters stop by after work - or whatever it is Darlinghurst hipsters do all day - to whet their whistle and chill out.
Inside, a long communal table takes up the entire front room. Laundry-related paraphernalia remains: taps double as coat racks and the bar has been fashioned from the old service counter. Beyond the tiny bar area, the back room is cast in even lower light and features funky tables and chairs and quirky artefacts that look like they were obtained from an estate sale.
The drinks list is quite small but extremely affordable. Cans of Tsingtao beer are popular and are a good choice for the budget conscious at $5. Corona, Sapporo, Peroni and Little Creatures Pale Ale are also priced pretty fairly. The wine list is similarly sensible and offers exceptional value for this part of town.
The best drinks though are the cordials. Darlie Laundromatic makes their own and you can choose between raspberry and ginger, sour apple, passionfruit, or pear and maple. The cordial comes with soda water or spiked with vodka. They also usually have a daily special cordial, which on a recent visit was lemon and lime.
The food menu is also fun and encompasses bar snacks and hearty meals. Hot dogs, one of Sydney's new found joys – right up there with Mexican food that tastes like what they eat in Mexico – are a popular item and come in a variety of styles. Steak sandwiches head the hearty meals section and prove very popular. There's even a plowman's platter - their spelling - and a range of salads that look huge.
Darlie Laundromatic is a smart new addition to the Darlinghurst scene. It's quirky and hip, but not even slightly pretentious. It somehow feels sophisticated and like a dive bar at the same time. It's a good choice for an after-work catch-up or for a nightcap when nearby Oxford Street isn't at its finest. And the cordial is delicious.