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“Never judge a bar by its cover”
Review of Shady Pines Saloon

Shady Pines Saloon
Ranked #270 of 5,938 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
Neighbourhood: Darlinghurst
Restaurant details
Neighbourhood: Darlinghurst
Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
82 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Never judge a bar by its cover”
Reviewed 27 September 2015

Down a sly, garbage lined alley, a shabbily painted shopfront, confronting. Filled with doubt, I followed my bud down the dark wood paneled stairwell, falling into a wonderland that might have been out of '1900s Montana'
Shady Pines is superneat, not just because it sits in complete juxtaposition to it's slick Darlinghurst surrounds, the crowd is probably the most cohesively diverse I've ever seen in a bar.
And while the abundance of taxidermy - and boy theres a lot of it, including two enormous moose heads - the cocktails are slick and imaginative. The bar staff are also quite amazing!
The crowd, ranged from a group of 18 year old debutantes, fully frocked and letting go for the first time, to the relatively well-aged (60-65) and almost everyone in between.
What a fabulous find!!
This is a saloon! so if you're after food beyond a bowl of peanuts, eat before you arrive.

  • Visited September 2015
    • Value
    • Service
Thank michaelcourtenay
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English first
Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
957 reviews
668 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 264 helpful votes
“Best cocktails”
Reviewed 20 August 2015

Really good innovative cocktails with a very friendly wait crew. Typical American style snacks, burgers, ribs etc

Visited August 2015
Thank Drew M
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Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Quirky, pricey”
Reviewed 15 August 2015

Have been meaning to go here for a while. Non-descript entrance descends into a woodclad bar with some stuffed moose / deer on the wall.

Good range of beers, and friendly hipster service, but the prices would make your eyes water. Free peanuts (raw/unshelled)

Music was at least quite enough to hear your companion, which can be pretty rare these days in most bars, but this was a Tuesday night early enough, so they might have ramped it up later.

Visited August 2015
Thank Karl_10117
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Level 6 Contributor
273 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Fun Spot for a Drink”
Reviewed 4 August 2015 via mobile

This bar is tucked away behind plain doors down a side street so you need to look carefully to find it. We visited in the early evening when it was quiet, a good time to see the quirky collection that gives this cool place its character. Peanuts in the shell were a welcome addition to our table adding to the authenticity. Highly recommended.

Visited August 2015
Thank harrytravellers
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Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Sweet small bar”
Reviewed 22 July 2015 via mobile

not the easiest place to find but once your in you will not be disappointed. Saloon style small bar, was well impressed by our bar keeps knowledge, had a good yarn about malts and he also was very helpful in recommending other places worth a visit.

Visited July 2015
Thank Darren O
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