Sydney ( Cock tales)

Opera Bar Cocktails

I’ve pondered for a full month about some of the things that just… well… could be better about this place. You can call them first world problems if you like, everything is relative.

Sure, we have great bars, it’s a foodie town, there is plenty to see and do here, but when you get down into the ‘burbs’ and the cost of it all for anyone who lives here, it can be quite a defining feature of whether or not you love or hate it.

Ive lived in Sydney since 1996 at the tender age of 18 when I made the great trip south from the country town I grew up in. Over the last few years, I have found peace and balance for the most part. Taking full advantage of what the town has to offer, and often living it large with realatively expensive meals and drinks. I live in a “double income, no kids” household ( unless you count the cat)  so I have a lot of expendable cash…. but hang on a sec.  Expensive, key word?. Fuckin’ A. Some expensive meals and drinks are nothing but a rip.

For example, last night I had a ‘Duck Shepherd’s pie’.  It cost $23 from the newly reborn Henson Park hotel, which is renown for being the home of the Newtown Jets Rugby league team and used to be a bit of a dive. I will call this out publicly because well, shit, that’s $23 for some duck and veggies that have been stewed in a pot for F-knows how long. It may as well have been beef pie, and I dont recall Shepherds ever having to herd Ducks.  I believe it is fair to say that the new owners are clearly trying to cash in on the local hipster/yuppie/breeder not reader,( or maybe just SMH)  home owners who have infiltrated a previously back water area of Sydney.

Marrickville is  becoming an expanding example of gentrification. We all have an inner hipster who says, I knew about this place before the hipsters ruined it, sure, but why do we continue to support this nonsense? I do not think it is justifiable to charge over $20 for a substandard meal that has been talked up and fails to produce.  Just as I do not think it is acceptable to charge $50 for a carton of warm Toohey’s Extra dry at the local pub  ( The Summer Hill Hotel) bottle shop, when it is generally accepted to be $10 cheaper in ANY other liquor store.  I asked in vain, of the bar staff who served me, “Why is it so expensive here?” she said she didn’t know, that this was “just the price it says it is”  Sigh.  I am going to become a crazy cat lady hermit. I wanted her to pass on my disgust. I know she didnt.  All of this within the space of 2 hours.

This town is making itself what is is because people accept paying more, and accept shitty service, and at the same time everyone is acting like an arsehole to each other.

The Opera bar is another good example  and it’s also the service that needs some revision. $18 for a cocktail from their list. Mr. P asked for a particular favourite of his to be made for him and he said he was happy to pay. The bar staff who was just out of nappies, said that he didnt think Mr. P’s combination would taste any good. Mr. P said, Im paying you to make this drink, so make it.  The young man said “it will cost you more than $20, though”  We werent sure which part of this conversation he wasn’t following.  Some simple maths deduced,  that they were charging $10 per shot of alcohol from a bottle of alcohol that probably cost $40.  Thats 750ml / 30ml = 25 shots.  $250 squeezed out of one bottle that cost them $40 if that, considering they’d pay wholesale prices.      Seems legit? Sure it’s a Tourist trap, but again, why?

Anyone could make the damn drink at home for half the price. We are really paying for sitting next to a public space with a view of the bridge. You could do that on a train to North Sydney, brown bagging it all the way, and there you could have your headphones in, listen to your own choice of music and not hear shit like this:

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2 thoughts on “Sydney ( Cock tales)

  1. draxxx says:

    I agree with everything you said.
    However if pubs are going to charge restaurant prices, then for me they get critiqued as such: I would have sent what I gather was a flavourless mush of a pie, back.
    I understand the draw of trying somewhere new, but in such a competitive foodie environment, they should be lambasted on social media so hopefully their failings hit them in the only place they seem to listen, their hip pocket.

    As for the warm case, same. I would not purchase it, and tell the retailer what I think of his prices and warm piss, and take my money elsewhere.
    Sure it may have been the most convenient option at the time, but really, in the long run it probably wasn’t. Again my dollar will go to those who deserve it most. And if that meant a 5 minute trek down the road, or a drive then so be it.
    As for the cocktail situation, well your first mistake is the Opera bar. This place is possibly the worst place in Sydney to have a cocktail. (Refer to my ammonia rant on 4sq from 2010). The ONLY thing going for this bar is its location. Most bars try to have a niche. Opera bar’s is its location. If you are after a bar that specialises in cocktails, then, again, you need to take your money elsewhere.
    Sorry for ranting. I feel for you. I often find myself in similar situations.
    Also forgive the spelling / grammar.
    I’m posting from my phone.

  2. nicerneil says:

    Bar staff are mostly there because they can’t make a drink that one wants. I’ve had every variation of scotch and dry even one with a lime in it.. they still charge eight bucks though. The best ones were up in a bar at broadbeach blues fest a half scotch n dry was half a glass of scotch and sometimes burbon.. and dry for four bucks.. love those gals… Can’t get tooheys new at some newtown pubs.. just other shit beer.

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