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Stepping out in Sydney these days is an entirely different proposition to what it was five years ago. Such is the propulsion of the small bar craze; new venues are opening weekly and locals confess to finding it hard to keep up with the ever-increasing options. Not that they are complaining – the mood on the streets is predominantly one of relief and enthusiasm, and the quality of bar seems to be improving and refining over time.

While small bars are predominantly an inner-city phenomenon, the suburb of Newtown is also a hot location (try Corridor) and the trend has grown out into the neighbourhoods of Woollahra (10 William St), Paddington (The Wine Library), Glebe (The Little Guy), Chippendale (Freda’s) and into the more gentrified pockets of Redfern (Arcadia Liquors)

These days in Sydney there may still be some hesitation over where to go at night, but it is no longer due to lack of options. If there is a downside, it is that small bars are so popular, you still have to queue to get in.

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