Tell us about your bar.
Brooklyn Social is Surry Hills’ new neighbourhood dive bar and diner serving fast food, liquor and music from midday till late. This new locals’ hangout pays homage to the great Brooklyn dive bars and rock’n’roll scene of New York circa mid-’60s/’70s. Make your way through the roller door and black vinyl sheeting masking the entrance and you’ll find leather banquettes, ’70s punk rock black and white, neon signs, revealing poster graphics, stripped-back timber benches, and tartan fabric-covered walls. A vintage ’70s feel that will no doubt appeal to your inner rock star.

What’s on the menu?
You must try the 1/4 pounder and the mac ’n’ cheese balls. When it comes to food, Brooklyn Social is a modern take on the classic American diner. The food is fast, tasty and fun. Think beef ribs with house-made BBQ sauce and DIY sauce brush; big-arse beef, chicken and vego burgers and dogs; hot cinnamon donuts with DIY chocolate, strawberry or caramel syringe, and more. Late-night revellers with the munchies are catered for till 2am.

Care for a drink?
Brooklyn Social dives into the world of gin and features more than 40 gins on the menu, including offering Hendrick’s as the house pour. The selection ranges from jenevers to bathtub gins, with an emphasis on locally crafted spirits. It’s also the only joint in Sydney where you’ll find Brooklyn Lager on tap all year round. Special attention is paid to cocktails at Brooklyn Social, with a list that’s heavily influenced by classic New York libations and designed in a way that pays tribute to NYC and its classic boroughs. Wines have had the special treatment too; the team got Master Sommelier Sebastian Crowther to consult on the project and he has created an expansive list compiled of both old and new world styles.

Brooklyn Social’s rocking jukebox, filled with everything from The Doors, The Ramones and Velvet Underground, keeps the vibe going till after dinner when DJs take over on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and dancing on tables becomes highly likely.

Fast food, liquor and music. It’s the kind of place where you end up dancing on the tables till 2am.

The bill comes to:
1/4 pounder and a cocktail, under $30.


Brooklyn Social is at 17 Randle Street, Surry Hills. It’s open midday-2am.

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