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Wilhelmina's Bar - Liquid and Larder

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Published December 30th 2014
Sip and Savour at Wilhelmina's Liquid & Larder


Balmain the home to many Historic Hotels, Boutiques, Cafes and Bars has another fabulous addition to the small bar scene. Situated on the popular Darling Street inside the historic working man's institute is Wilhelmina's Liquid and Larder just opening early October. They serve not only spectacular drinks but delights for the foodies as well.

It's the creation of Bar gurus Warren Burns and James Bradey, who are also owners of Grandma's, The Irish and The Wild Rover. You can see they have waved their wand over this small space making a noticeable entrance into the Balmain bar scene. But this new venue is not just a bar that offers snacks. They have brought on MasterChef contestant Jamie Fleming who has created a simple menu using Australian produce focusing on the freshest seasonal ingredients to enhance the flavours.

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collage image courtesy of Wilhelmina's FB


On entering the bar you find yourself caught in a kaleidoscope of colour illuminating from the main wall. Artist Anya Brock has painted an eye catching mural as the focal point in the bar's design. Her use of bold black strokes shaded with colour creating one of her trademark faces exudes energy and vitality to this small space. Sexy black ceramic tiles cover the bar but the coolness is contrasted with warm timber pieces, hanging planters and the popular exposed edison light bulbs shedding flattering amber light.





The open kitchen bar allows you to be entertained by the Chefs as they create some mouth watering treats; from Olives, Kingfish Ceviche, Pippies, even Kangaroo.

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Newcastle Pippies with Sourdough $23.00 - image FB


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Pork Croquettes $8.00 - image FB


The rest of the venue is spread across the building's entrance into two sections.



The first section is decked out with high timber topped bench tables and stools. A cosy alcove with a low banquette lounge and throw cushions invites you to settle in for a few cocktails and graze off a tasty share plate with your friends.



The other section is a larger split level space with a long bar. Talented bar staff serve up craft beers, boutique wines and of course delicious cocktails.

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Wilhelmina's - image courtesy of Wilhelmina's FB


A simple bar list but not without imagination. This Christmas drink was created by Bar Manager Daniel and Chef Jamie. Quite a delight for the eyes and taste buds.

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Christmas Cocktail with mini pavlova garnish - image courtesy of Wilhelmina's FB


The casual atmosphere here is all about chilling with your friends enjoying a drink and good food. Reggae tunes add to the relaxed vibe. The volume a soothing background encouraging conversation unlike some of the other bars and more rowdy hotels of Balmain where you have to yell to be heard.







Opening times

Monday - Wednesday (4pm - late)
Thursday - Sunday (12 Noon - late)

This new venue is definitely worth a visit. Offering a chilled night with friends or a warm up for further partying on at the popular Unity Hall Hotel located further down on Darling Street. Unity Hall offers live music and dancing from 9pm weekends.

For more information on Wilhelmina's check out their website for direction to their social media links and you can like their Facbbook page to keep updated.

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Why? Chic new bar in Balmain
When: Monday to Wednesday 4pm - late, Thursday to Sunday 12 Noon - late
Phone: (02) 8068 8762
Where: 332 Darling Street, Balmain
Cost: Up to $50 for food and drinks
Your Comment
The photographs and the text make the bar very inviting. If I lived locally, instead of in Queensland, I would be making a visit.
by Ian McKenzie (score: 1|22) 1605 days ago
The Christmas cocktail looks nice and fruity.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12364) 1605 days ago
Love the artwork on the back wall, so colourful.
by Wandering Foodies (score: 2|479) 1605 days ago
Looks like a real cool place with good vibes. Well written I will be going there.
caole Ingram
by Caroleann (score: 1|42) 1605 days ago
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