Tucked away in Freshwater Village on the Northern Beaches is Stowaway Bar. This small bar has now become the locals favourite for a drop in with friends or family. It is easy to see its charm. The decor is a cosy vintage rustic look which instantly makes you feel like settling in for a few rounds.
The small space has been designed well with different seating areas you can enjoy. You almost feel like you stepped off a cobblestone alleyway in Europe with the darkened interior and cedar saloon bar.
I had heard about Stowaway several times from friends and was determined to check it out. They have been open for two years now but have built a steady flow of regulars with their reputation of providing a place for friends and locals to drop in for their daily tipple. Stowaway is no doubt a suitable name as you can imagine how easily you could hide yourself in here for hours convincing your friends with "just one more shout" not to leave.
The vintage nautical elements, timber panels and rustic iron lanterns hanging almost made me assume the menu offered would be tapas. But this unique neighbourhood bar offers a variety of hearty meals from Chicken Katsu Sliders, Pork Carnitas, Buffalo Wings with Chulula sauce to Pizza which is delivered promptly from the famous Marilyna's Pizza shop next door. Both Marilynas and Stowaway bar are owned by partners Troy Barnett, Oliver Laccarino and Korey Condon.
A good selection of craft beers, cocktails, wine and top shelf spirits are offered to wet your palate and warm your appetite. The atmosphere does make you think you could easily break out in song after a few.. "Drink up me hearties, Yo Ho" while downing a shot of rum. This I'm sure does happen as most of the patrons are loyal locals that now call this neighborhood bar their own.
Live music is also offered Saturday 7pm- 10pm, Sundays 5pm - 8pm but if you wish to keep up to date with what is happening then you will need to like their Facebook page as their website is basically a landing page for their social media. Click here for their Facebook.
Another great aspect of the bar is its location, situated in Freshwater Village right near a main bus stop so you can easily jump on a 189 bus to your next destination and not worry about driving or taxis.
No doubt in my mind that this great small bar is a favourite amongst the locals and in being the first that popped up in Freshwater two years ago has lead the way for more distinct small bars to follow. Check it out soon.