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.
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