Take the stairs from York Street, mosey on past the record store, and you'll find yourself in Mojo Record Bar. The folks behind Mojo originally owned just the record store (which used to be located down the street). They liked to crack open a few beers after hours, and then they thought, 'why not add a bar to our record store?'
And so they did. And be sure glad they did, as this bar's a beaut. Set close to the mini bar precinct that's sprouted up in this stretch of town (Spooning Goats, Stitch Bar and Uncle Ming's are all close by), Mojo's a little more rock 'n' roll than the others. In fact, it's entirely more rock 'n' roll than the others: it's all about rock 'n' roll.
Inside, the lighting is dark, the music, loud. Park yourself on a bar stool, nab one of the tables in between, or hole up in one of the booths in the corner. The walls are covered in an astonishing collection of band posters. Noteworthy announcements include Sonic Youth playing in Portland and Seattle – supported by a brand new band called Nirvana.
At the bar, it's all about ale and all about local ale. You can get a Coopers or go local with a Lord Nelson Three Sheets pale ale, a Two Birds golden ale or a two-litre growler of Young Henrys (made in Newtown). You can also choose from three ciders and an all-Australian wine list. Cocktails include classics like Martinis, Mojitos, Mint Juleps, in addition to some fruity little numbers they've created themselves.
Drink in hand, the only thing to do is sit back, enjoy the tunes and catch up with your crew. If you hear something you like, you can browse the record shop during business hours and bring home a souvenir of your visit. Otherwise, you can just hide out in one of Sydney's best small bars.