You'll find Grandma's bar on trendy Clarence Street in Sydney. The area is speckled with quaint, hard-to-find boutique cocktail bars; and Grandma's is no exception. From the outside, it appears to be a doorway to an apartment building, as there is no visible signage, so just look out for the big number 275. Halfway down your crawl through a dimly lit staircase, you'll hear the merry sounds of jolly drinkers and clinking cocktail glasses coming from a small, narrow basement.
It's an explosion of colour and retro energy. The friendly staff will welcome you straight away and try to locate a seat for you. It is usually difficult to get a spot, because this popular little nook is always packed. So come early, in pairs or threes. The bar is a good spot to sit and order because you're right in the action. This is the type of funky hipster bar you could even come to enjoy a drink on your own. The décor is inspired by grandmas everywhere; from the doily coasters to the vibrant palm tree theme, you'll feel right at home.
'The Count of Montenegro' and the 'Pineapple Express'
Price wise, Grandma's is quite good for what you get. The average cocktail will set you back around $17-$18. The menu is a joy to read as the cocktails are described in a fun but in-depth way. You also get a feel for the history and ideals of the place, even though it is only 5 years young. The 'Knickerbocker' (pictured above left) is a beautifully balanced little drink featuring angostura 1919 rum and a strong citrus vibe. The bartenders highly recommend the 'Peanut Butter Colada' which is a mix of golden rum, toasted coconut, peanut butter and pineapple. It sounds crazy but it just might hit the spot.
Feeling peckish? Grandma's wouldn't be complete without their tasty old school jaffles. Try the chicken ($9); it has melted cheese, onion and mayo. The place is truly a hipster's goldmine. So get down to Grandma's for a blast from the past.