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Hinky Dinks 50's Bar

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by Nicole Arathoon (subscribe)
I'm a Sydney freelance writer, eternal optimist and happy vegetarian. Check out my blog at
Published December 21st 2014
Step back in time - fun decor, cocktails, burgers
I love their philosophy at Hinky Dinks: Cocktails First. Questions Later. They truly believe it and follow it. Hinky Dinks has been on my list of places to check out for a very long time so I was very happy to finally get the opportunity one Tuesday night not long ago.

As we walked in, I felt I had walked into someones home and they were hosting a party. We were welcomed by the guy behind the bar (I'm guessing he was one of the two owners, Jeremy Shipley or Dan Knight) who called out to us to come on in and take a seat, like he'd known us all his life. Of course, this brought a big smile to our faces as it was a wonderful way to be greeted into a Sydney bar.

No sooner had we sat down than the same guy pushed through the crowd of 'guests' to serve us with a menu and a big smile. Cocktails seem to be the mandatory drink at Hinky Dinks, as their mantra states "It's all about the cocktails". Think ... 1950s cocktail culture. So we ordered a cocktail. It would be rude not to. The two part cocktail menu boasts an extensive list of colourful, exciting, fun choices but we both opted for the Popcorn Paloma complete with popcorn infused tequila, fresh vanilla syrup, salt, sparkling grapefruit and soda served in a tall glass for $20. Everything you would expect from a 1950's bowl of popcorn but in a drink which is so very clever.
Hinky Dinks 50's burger with a twist - the haloumi burger with avocado, tomato, cucumber, caramelised onion and rocket for $14

The bar, which might I say is designed to be a 50's kitchen complete with pastel coloured cupboards,red bar stools and the obligatory bowl of fruit on the counter. Everything here in this tiny bar screams 1950's. The passion for the era doesn't just stop at the decor or the cocktails it flows right through into the food menu. Of course, burgers and fries are featured, so too are hot dogs, tacos, pop corn chicken, beer battered onion rings and for something sweet, this couldn't be a 50's menu without a a delicious banana split. The cheeky difference, non '50's addition I love is the inclusion of polenta chips not regular fries. I also appreciate that the vegetarian options are not missed out, as I am not sure there were too many vegetarians around in the 50's. The haloumi burger with avocado, tomato, cucumber, caramelised onion and rocket had to be my choice and I was not disappointed. Jam packed into a soft roll, full of flavour.

The night wore on with good music, a bustling crowd of people, lots of laughing and good cheer just as you would expect in a 50's bar.
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Why? Funky bar embodying everything 1950's from cocktails to burgers.
When: MONDAY-SATURDAY 4pm to midnight. SUNDAY 1pm to 10pm. Christmas Hours: Hinky Dinks will only be closed for 4 days this holiday period: Christmas Day- Closed Boxing Day- Closed New Years Eve- Closed New Years Day- Closed
Phone: 02 8084 6379
Where: 85 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
Cost: varied and reasonable prices from $5 - $15 for food. Starting at $18 for a cocktail.
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