What They Said: Concrete Playground
The inner-city suburb of Redfern isn't exactly beachside, though you'll be able to pretend as much now that Redfern Surf Club has arrived on the corner of Botany and Henderson Roads...
Masterminded by the former general manager of The Cliff Dive and Oxford Art Factory, Yannick Maslard, the venue is an ode to the quintessential Aussie 'local club' — a laid-back, lighthearted neighbourhood haunt where everyone is welcome.
He has pulled together a bunch of mates and bar regulars to makeover the heritage-listed, one-time bank, and the result is a verdant indoor courtyard, decked out with plants, knick-knacks and even a taxidermy 'bin chicken'.
A pool room is filled with surf-centric works by photographers Luke Shadbolt, James Adams and Nick Lawrence, and classic surf flicks screen on a retro TV set. And it's hard to miss the neon-drenched shrine to legends like Prince, Phil Collins and fictional surf god Bodhi (AKA Patrick Swayze in Point Break).
Classic cocktails have been reimagined in a nod to the backyard barbie, and are headlined by lineup of canned cocktails — just wait until you get acquainted with the Passiona, lime and vodka concoction, which is served, yes, in a Passiona can.
Alongside The Grifter Brewing Co's pale ale, which is the bar's house brew, you'll find an all-Aussie lineup of seasonal beers showcasing Sydney's best-loved breweries. For those who prefer grapes over gruit, a diverse list of natural drops are available by the carafe — for those lazy summer afternoons to come.