There are wine bars and tequila bars, whiskey bars and cocktail bars. Jester seeds is probably the first in Sydney to earn the title ‘sangria bar’. It’s not all sangria, but you can’t stop by without sharing at least one carafe with friends ($25). But if they’re feeling a little antisocial, grab a glass of the house sangria for $8. Wine by the glass starts at $7 and the lists have the feeling that someone has spent considerable time selecting a good range with turning it into a novel. That’s the thing about Jester Seeds, everything is done with thought and balance. Unlike many of the larger soulless venues, you get the feeling they care what happens there. Even the food has the right balance. Most dishes are simple, good value and are simply tasty. Compare the price of the miso roasted corn with parmesan ($6) to that of Anchor Bar in Bondi, where roasted corn finished with parmesan will set you back $14. and for about $20, you’ll have your hunger sorted.
Despite the great drinks and the food, most people remember the décor. If you’ve never been, try to show up without seeing too many pictures. As one patron was overheard saying ‘I don’t really know how to describe it – it’s just really cool’. Yes it is.
In brief: Jester SeedsBest things: Sangria, sangria, good value, engaging decorations Don't miss: Upstairs art installation, back courtyard Ideal for: Catch-ups with friends, dates, small groups Date tip: Court yard, upstairs rooms Gripes: Courtyard is small and on windless nights, quite smoky. Rating: 8/10
Last updated: June 2016
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