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Palmer & Co Prohibition Bar

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Co-author of the ebook Secret Sydney Bars Walking Tour (Amazon). Reviews wine & craft beer bars and pubs, Asian restaurants and other places open late. Please visit my blog for more of the same from around the world
Published May 11th 2016
Travel Back to the 1920s in this Hidden, Underground Bar
Merivale is the king of theme bars in Sydney, with years of experience creating amazing meeting places with well-trained staff. Palmer & Co is another of these. Hidden in an alley underground in the legal and financial area of the Sydney CBD, this 1920s style bar takes you back in time to the prohibition era: meat and cheese boards, cocktails, and roaring twenties style dress with décor to match.

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Go back in time at Palmer & Co


I had attempted to come here a few weeks previously but with the queue at the door, along with the rain, I took a raincheck. This time a friend of mine took me there just before peak time and we were able to get the last available table before the crowds arrived.

A tight winding stairway opens onto a large foyer area which leads into the lead lighting style interior. Tall round tables, lounge chairs and regular sized tables filled out the room. If you've come from a bright outside you'll need a few minutes to adjust to the light.

Food Preparation area
Getting our boards ready


The bar is to the back on the left, and the menus are usually hidden on the back wall next to the bar, so if you can't find one on a table, grab one from there. There is lots to choose from and checking the menu here before even ordering a drink is best.

This bar is a bit pricier than others but the quality and service is there to match. Even so, you may find yourself spending a bit more just to look the part as many of the customers were also dressed up for the night. Lucky I was wearing a suit.

There's more to see
Lots of space underground


My friend ordered a meat board and a couple of spicy cocktails for us, which were quite tasty and accompanied the assorted meats well. The music was loud, but not too loud that you couldn't hear someone close to you, and the vibe was energetic, in an old style way.

This place is worth checking out.
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Why? Feel like you're in a bygone era
Phone: (02) 9254 8088
Where: Abercrombie Lane, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: About $19 cocktails, $8-$58 food and drink
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