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Published August 9th 2012
Fancy a drink in a Prohibition-style small bar?
Fancy a drink in a basement during the Prohibition era, served by women in flapper dresses and men in waistcoats? Well, I have just the place for you.
Palmer & Co. is the newest venture run by the Merivale Group, who also own Establishment Bar, Ivy Bar, Slip Inn and Chinese Laundry to name but a few. Palmer & Co. join the other small bars in the city, and have taken the 1920s in America as their theme and running with it.
Palmer & Co.
Situated down Abercrombie Lane, just off George St, the location is fantastic if you work in the city and the space is dark and atmospheric. Greeted at the door by someone dressed in the style of the 20s, you descend two flights of stairs into a coatroom-style space, then on into the main bar which is filled with tables of all shapes and sizes, couches and intimate seating areas.
The cocktail list is good, with daily cocktail specials, often served in tea cups and the wine list is decent. But the real stunner is the whiskey, tequila and gin varieties on offer – three pages full. The menu is small but perfectly formed. When I visited we tried the vegetable crudités with humous and babaganoush, mac'n'cheese, chipoloata sausages and the charcuterie board between 4 people. By far the stand-out was the mac'n'cheese which was rich and creamy. The charcuterie board was huge, accompanied by a delicious feta, strips of roasted capsicum, pickles and olives. I'll definitely be going back to try the chicken matzo ball soup – a rare thing to find on any menu in Sydney!
However be warned – you must get here before 5.30pm on weekdays, as after this time you can't see for suits and getting a table is an unachievable goal to aim for. Weekends are apparently very busy also, so be prepared to queue if you arrive late into the evening.
Palmer & Co. is a fantastic addition to the small bar scene in Sydney, and I plan on making it a regular haunt.