Hg2 : The Hedonist


Grasshopper is not necessarily one of the most obvious places to drink in Sydney – finding it almost requires GPS. But invariably on any given night the place will be packed with a mix of laid-back city workers and hipsters. There’s not a smidgen of attitude in the petite basement space, decked out in casual-chic style with squishy ottomans, low tables and kung-fu posters. You’ll need to do some elbow jostling if you want to prop up the bar, which only has a few barstools. Most drinkers tend to spill out into the laneway with their cocktails (numbered one to 10 and served in jam jars), pulling up old milk crates to sit on, and giving the place an illegal street party vibe. If you’re early, it’s worth checking out the small upstairs dining area where Grasshopper’s restaurant serves up a simple, classic bistro menu. Some of the snacks are also available downstairs – try the moreishly tasty homemade duck parfait and organic bread. Delish.

Temperance Lane (between RM Williams & Oakley on George Street),
+61 2 9947 9025
Opening Times
noon-1am. Closed Sundays.
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