Hidden behind an inconspicuous door down an unassuming lane lies a world of whisky. Just when you thought the days of secret bars and confidential watering holes were over, Sydney comes back at you with another hidden gem. Deep in the heart of The Rocks and away from the hustle and bustle of the street fare, Speakeasy 151 has just opened its doors.
Located just down Mill Lane, the new speakeasy is hidden in plain sight. Only marked by the numbers on the door, Speakeasy 151 is a new pop up bar that transports us back to the heyday of the sailor thoroughfare. Oozing with old-world charm, the new venue sports velvet drapes, vintage furniture, and antiques inspired by the classic aesthetic of the 1920s.
From the moment you enter the dimly lit door, you’ll find yourself descending a wooden staircase into the hidden bar Sydney has always deserved. Upended whiskey barrels serve as tables, while the seating is cut into the exposed brick and stunning natural stone.
Sure, the decor is good, but the true test of a speakeasy is the drinks and 151 certainly delivers. Inside you’ll find local craft beer, premium whisky, wines and champagne, alongside crafted cocktails like Gin Rickey and Espresso Martinis. Best of all, this 1920s-themed establishment has picked up a few modern twists, one of which being happy-hour.
From 4pm till 6pm daily, you can score $5 Young Henrys beer and cider, as well as $10 Margaritas. If you work up an appetite, there are also moreish late-night bar snacks on offer, from sliders to toasties.
But like all good things, Speakeasy 151 isn’t here for the long haul. The pop-up bar in The Rocks is only open Wednesday through to Saturday from now until mid-June, kicking off at 4pm each night. Time to hit the town, old-school?