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Ramblin Rascal Tavern

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Published October 19th 2014
Ramblins of Rascals at Ramblin Rascal Tavern
Ramblin Rascal Tavern

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The small bar clique in Sydney has really taken off with stylish, cool, hip and quirky establishments hiding in all sorts of unexpected places. A resurgence of the unpretentious but hidden bars that have minimal street signage if any at all. Often situated in the underground of Sydney's well walked streets and alleyways.

Ramblin Rascal Tavern is an addition to this stylish small bar culture. Keep your eyes peeled for the easily missed entrance just on the corner of Park and Elizabeth Streets, Sydney. A black door at 199 Elizabeth street with nothing but three skulls is what you seek. Don't let the signage sway you from entering, as I guarantee you will enjoy. A friendly doorman will welcome you inside, where you can make your way downstairs to the underground bar which previously was the location of the Laugh Garage. The cosy warm inviting atmosphere is the initial deciding factor on settling in for drinks.

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Ramblin Rascal Tavern is know as a bit of a Cognac Den, created by Charlie Lehmann, Sebastian Soto and Dardan Shervashidze formerly from Baxter Inn and Shady Pines. The title of the bar is suitable as you are made instantly welcome with their cheeky repertoire and energetic service.

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The unofficial team uniform of Hipster beards, dungarees without t-shirts which reveal a glimpse of a few with creative body ink art adds to the bar's cool vibe.

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The space is cleverly designed in a nostalgic 1920s and 30s style. If you decide to sit at the bar you will notice vintage images of Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page greet your view. You almost wish you could go back in time and share a drink with these glamorous icons as you listen to the barmen banter.

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Beverage lists

Whiskey sours, Cognac and some banging Cocktails are their specialty.
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Also a selection of local Wines and Beers for your regular drinks.
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Wine List

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Beer Selection


No food is served except for a bowl of spicy corn nibbles which are seriously addictive and cleverly make you thirst for more drinks.

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The Decor

The cosy atmosphere is enhanced with large brown leather booths, intimate table settings and low lighting using hanging lamp shades and candles in jars. I found myself also gazing at all the historic Australian images lining the walls.

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The choice of deep red carpet with walnut timber finishes creates a clever and aesthetically pleasing acoustical treated space, allowing you to enjoy intimate conversation without needing to increase your volume. No doubt as the evening progresses and patron capacity increases this could prove to be challenged.

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Other interesting features to be noted are found in the washrooms with cult classic movie posters and old bottles of Jack used as soap dispensers. One wall is painted in black with a bucket of chalk handy for the inspired patrons.

Conclusion

This is truly a great space to settle in and enjoy a few drinks as well as listen to some cool beats from a vast range such as Country Soul, Dragon, Prince, as well as urban pop beats. Songs you will know the words to and you may feel inclined to break out in song as the night moves along. I feel also an ideal bar stop for Hen's and Buck's nights with participants dressing in classic movie star theme. With several similar bars like Baxter Inn and Palmer and co the outfits could prove to be a smashing choice for each venue.

Please note that If you wish for a more subdued experience, opt to arrive early to avoid a long wait and grab a seating area. Also keeping in mind that as the night progresses the venue is in demand by the younger Hipster bar crowd.
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When: Monday to Saturday 4pm - late, Sunday 6pm - 10pm
Phone: email only charlie@ramblinrascal.com, dardan@ramblinrascal.com, cosmo@ramblinrascal.com
Where: 199 Elizabeth Street, Sydney (crn of Park & Elizabeth)
Cost: Cocktails $17-$19, Wine by the glass $9-$12, Craft Beers $8 upwards
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