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The Bear 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 20th 2016
Going Bearzerk over The Bear Bar
The Bear Bar Haymarket
Look for the sign!


Please bear with me while I tell you some backstory. A while ago we had the opportunity to discover a hidden cave in Haymarket where a craft beer bar called The Bear had been set up. We had thought we were lost, having lost our bearings, but we eventually found it, barely getting in by closing time.

The Bear Bar Old Location Haymarket
The previous pub in Haymarket


Thinking it to be another theme bar, this time about bears, we hadn't expected much. However, the mass of dad jokes and bear puns on the walls and menu had us worried that we couldn't bear it. However, we took the whole idea with our bare hands and ran with it, and enjoyed the time there.

It was an amazing experience and we especially enjoyed the Bjorn Balls, which were beary nice. Unfortunately, The Bear Bar closed a few weeks later, and it was unbearable that something so bearish could now be bare. We couldn't bear to think that The Bear Bar was gone for good. Impawsible. We decided to grin and bear it until something similar turned up.

The Bear Bar Main Lounge in Haymarket
The bear cave area. Hibernate here.


We were absolutely delighted to find online recently that it had just gone into hibernation and emerged, refreshed, rejuvenated and alive on Hay Street, next to the Palace Hotel (see my Palace Hotel review here). We rushed as fast as our paws could take us there to bear witness to this new bar, and found that it had been booked out for a private function of 100 hundred people in bear onesies; slightly embearassing. We would have loved to join but the cupboard was bare of costumes so we decided to come back the following week.

Bears of The Bear Bar
Enjoying a quick snack of business cards


The following Thursday The Bear Bar was open and we joyfully descended into the puntastic and bearish underground cave, with nice lighting, friendly people and a wonderful menu. Andy is the creative genius behind The Bear Bar, and the new and improved retreat had the most amazing atmosphere. We especially enjoyed the projected fireplace, the bears eating business cards, the libeary, and the UK 500ml mocha stout which will be my bear oops, sorry, beer of choice next time I'm there.

Hot meat balls with jam
Waiter: "I don't want to be rude but...balls!'


We ordered the Bjorn Balls again and they tasted as good as we remembered. The craft beer was amazing too. They even sold the UK's Bateman's Mocha Beer which is very hard to find in Australia. Delicious.

Alcholic Cupcakes at The Bear Bar.
Alcoholic cupcakes not for children


We also tried their alcoholic cupcakes which were great. At the time it was a special Thursday offer of cupcakes for $1 each. If you're nearby ask for them by name. The one I tasted had chocolate icing. I might ask if they have straw-bear-y flavour next time.

Tasty Bar Snacks at the Bear Bar
We'd almost finished before remembering to snap!


One of our friends joined us later and chose a mix of snacks which included some crackling. Perfect for our drinking night.

Bateman's Mocha Beer
Amazing chocolate beer


This is ideal for relaxing with friends and talking, with pleasant bear-themed walls where you can bare it all to your friends over some tasty alcohol and food. The music is subdued and not at all deafening or overwhelming, the style is relaxed and fun, and the menu offerings make this an interesting night out.

Alcoholic cupcake at the Bear Bar
Alcoholic cupcake. The food of bears.


If you have a chance, paws for a second and chat to Andy about the place. He's probably one of the most friendly owners I've met in the past 20 years of clubbing and bar hopping in Sydney, and I highly recommend you say hi if you haven't already.

The Libeary
The Libeary! A quiet place to hibernate.


It's a family atmosphere at The Bear Bar. Check it out. And if you find me typing away in the libeary, feel free to say hi!
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Phone: 0451 029 226
Where: 730 George Street Haymarket (Turn into Hay Street tram line)
Cost: $9-$20
Your Comment
Looks like a great place. I've made champagne cupcakes and, boy, were they strong, particularly after a day. It'll be interesting to try their cupcakes.
by Faye (score: 3|1187) 1502 days ago
Great article. Sounds like a great place. Never heard of alcoholic cupcakes before but I want one now. Love all the bear references.
by Irenke Forsyth (score: 3|2160) 1504 days ago
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