Sydney has many iconic pubs. Pubs that are as old as the city itself and whose walls would hold enough stories to sink a ship. For some of these hotels no matter how manner times they are made over and reinvented the richness of their history can still be felt. The Flinders Hotel, built in 1916, is definitely no exception.
The Flinders was a Mecca for the gay and lesbian community in the 80’s and 90’s, and while there was something of a lull a few years back, the Flinders is back on track once again inventing her own style of fun.
It’s hip, kitsch and groovy now with its obscure range of paraphernalia. The look is New York dive bar. However, don’t think this is just a hipster heaven, the real saving grace here is the owners sense of humour. If nothing else this place is fun, even the drinks menu elicits a chuckle.
And drinks wise you are in for a treat. These bartenders know what they are doing and they make a mean cocktail. Take the Mel Gibson for example (gin, Noilly Pratt, pickled onion), or the Nuclear Daiquiri (rum, green chartreuse, Falernum- a sweet syrup from the Caribbean and lime), inventive, quirky and yet they work well. The drinks can get pricey so it’s good to remember happy hour runs from Monday to Friday from 5pm till 7pm.
A good, upbeat crowd and switched on service makes the Flinders, after all the years, still a good night out.
Rachel Cook, February 2011