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New in 2013
A compact corner bar on Cleveland street with a relaxed, open interior and cocktails for grown-ups: 7/10
557 Crown Street, Surry Hills
The corner of Crown and Cleveland street used to be the place to grab a video and a late night kebab, but you would have had to be brave or desperate to spend an evening there. Slowly it is transforming and Mr Fox is a welcome addition that provides a place to drink which is far more intimate than the nearby pubs. At night, its dark interior and soft lighting are enticing. Music is unobtrusive, so it is possible to relax and talk normally. It can be little noisy as it fills up, but this is rare. The big chairs are comfortable but you may be the unlucky one who has to pull up a wooden crate to sit on, plus the oversized chairs packed into a small space can leave you bumping your neighbours quite frequently.
On the service side, it is friendly but poor coordination between the staff may mean you asked the same question multiple times ‘How are the drinks?’, ‘Would you like another drink?’. This is good practice if it’s just your waiter (there is full table service at Mr Fox), but having your conversation interrupted by three different staff members asking the same questions in a short period of time can quickly become irritating.
Despite its location at the far end of Crown Street and neo-grunge look, the wines at Mr Fox are on the pricer side. Most wines by-the-glass are $10-$12 or close to it, but the years the wines were bottled are missing from the menu, so it makes a selection much more cumbersome. If you are paying $50 for a bottle of Primo Estate Shiraz Sangiovese ($11 by the glass), you'll want to know if it’s the cheaper 2011 release or the more sought after and pricier 2007 bottle. Bottled beers are available (typically $8-9, or $7 for Pure Blonde) and so is a long cocktail list (ranging $16-$18).
In brief: Mr Fox
Best things: Quiet and intimate bar where you can talk.
Ideal for: Small groups, catch-ups with friends
Date tip: Back corner couch down on the far right from the entrance. Don’t sit in the left corner or front window (see Gripes below).
Gripes: Oversized seats can leave you bumping your neighbours, and bar stools by the window feel rickety – some seating down the back corner it too close to the men’s toilet and its odours.
Last updated: March 2013
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