Any Sydneysider that has been to the Basement will know where Bulletin Place is. It is a little laneway that runs from Pitt Street up to Macquarie Place. There’s always been a few restaurants along the laneway and a couple of buildings 3 or four story buildings that look like they’ve been their since the late 1800’s.
One of these buildings house another addition to Sydney’s burgeoning small bar scene. Level 1, 10-14 Bulletin Place is the location of Bulletin Place (bar). You need to know the address, because there’s no street signage. You go up a flight of stairs, which has plenty of indicators for the appointment-only tattoo parlour on Level 2 and open a old fashioned glass wooden door and you are in the intimate and fine Bulletin Place bar. The fit is old style and reasonably minimalist. The bar is left hand side of the back wall. There’s plenty of bottles on display and there’s a scattering of table and chairs. One of the striking and unique features is the role of brown paper, indicating the number of days Bulletin Place has been open (#Day 57 in this case) and a list of cocktails du jour.
The blokes that man the bar are apparently in the equivalent of the English Premier League when it comes to cocktail making. I’ll take the word of others on this fact. The beer list, as can be seen from the photo, is as tight as it gets. Bulletin Place is a place to bring the cocktail-drinking drinking companion in your life. You drink a “local hero” (Balmain Pilsner, whilst I was there and Murray’s Whale Ale soon, judging by the cases near the door), whilst your companion can try exotic concoctions like Fig Sour or Blueberry Bramble. A feed can be had, which is supplied by the good folk from Tapavino next door. So – not a place for beer-heads, but if you want to impress a cocktail afficianado – this is the place.