Mary’s is a cool Sydney bar - you enter through a small dimly lit hall from the street and you are in Mary’s in very cool Newtown. This bar comes with expertise to boot from Gardels and Bodega. Mary’s can deliver sermons to other bars on how to get that mix right, just add :
+ 1 part great location
+ 1 part the coolest staff this side Brooklyn, NY
+ 1 part good mix of beers, wine & cocktails and food by ex Tetsuya’s head chef Luke Powell
+ 1 part of worshippers that look as if they come from a Fleet Foxes concert or a Rick Owens Paris runway show.
and then turn it all up loud with the best music sliding between folk and hard rock- ‘Andrew Bird’ for reference.
The above recipe is easy as- try it sometime!
Mary Street in Newtown was as boring as a church mouse, but now it’s got good stuff going on with Mary’s, and a following of worshippers that like the fact that this is not for boys in pink polo shirts and girls who listen to Mr J Bieber, and the favourite word is “AWESOME”.
The four walls looks like it started life as a Greek church or Mosanic Hall, but there’s not much left of the Masons here, apart from the wooden floors and soaring ceiling. Hallelujah for scale in “Houses of Worship”.
Downstairs is a long bar with some stools, standing room and a kitchen beyond that. The middle area has a couple of low tables and space for standing and chatting when it fills up later in the night and this place does – there are more high stools and small tables along the wall. At the end of the room, there are stairs that take you up to the mezzanine floor which is more geared for some nice food, sexy cocktails and telling the one you love what you got planned for later! or just a good old gossip session with friends. The murals on the walls by Luschia Porter – including a slayer logo.
There’s a whole range of beers, on tap and bottled. On tap there’s Young Henry’s Newtowner from the local Newtown micro brewery, Resch’s and Carlton red and black. We went for the Young Henry’s – a bitter style draught that went down well with the help of a whisky chaser of Laphroaig. In the bottled beers, the picks are Peroni Red and Budweiser.
The wines – more like you’d see in a modern Sydney restaurant – white and reds from US, France, Italy and Argentina and sparklings – blanc de blancs and cremant including a Clotilde cremant and Perriier Jouet. And then there are exciting cocktails to temp you to sip and sway to some folk rock.
Ex Tetsuya‘s head chef Luke Powell is the chef behind the food, the offerings on the menu are small and tight but this is easy bar food – and very good. We tried the ‘Mary burger’ – perfect and comes with great fries and chilli sauce if you want to turn up the heat. We didn’t but try the Southern inspired deep fried chicken but be assured with Luke at the helm you are in to win.
This bar is so cool – in a great space, best music, drinks and food that work together, the right staff that make it all look easy. Love Mary’s bar Newtown Sydney !
6 Mary St, Newtown, Sydney 2042