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The Passage

231a Victoria Street,
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Tel : +61 2 9358 6116
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Price Range: $$
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This aptly-named dive fills two gaps in Sydney, one being a vacant premise between Darlinghurst’s Victoria Street and Darlinghurst Road, the other a more serious void in Sydney’s bar scene – a place where mature Sydney-slickers can drink, eat and chat into the night. An intimate atmosphere with dim lighting and low-level background music makes The Passage the perfect first date location.

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Main entrance is on Victoria Street, a seven-minute walk from Kings Cross Station.

Have you ever noticed that Sydney is in dire need of bars for a mature crowd? On the one hand there are pumping clubs filled with pretty young things and on the other pubs where older generations gather for a glass of wine and a chat, but what of the generation that doesn’t fit into either of these scenarios? Well, you’ll be pleased to know that The Passage is here and ready to entertain. Squeezed between Victoria Street and Darlinghurst Road, this narrow bar not only fills the space between the streets but also the gap for mature Sydney-slickers who have hung up their clubbing shoes but still want to head out to a vibrant nightspot. The Passage offers diners a contemporary menu of share plates, a small but decent wine list, a selection of cocktails and a place to socialise into the night.

Although it is a relatively small place, it offers four different areas. A front dining room with a communal marble table and a sultry lounge area dominated by a long banquette offer table service and a menu of constantly-evolving dishes featuring the likes of crispy calamari with sweet chilli oil and aioli, stuffed zucchini flowers with goat’s cheese and truffle honey and twice-cooked pork belly with corn puree and balckbean vinaigrette. The following two rooms – an area boasting a long, lit-up marble bar, chic stools and high tables and a back room sporting some extra seating – change the vibe from foodie to cocktail haven. Although food is allowed here, the focus is on cocktails like “The Passage martini” (Zubrowka vodka shaken with Amaro Montenegro, peach liquer, passionfruit and fresh apple and pineapple juices). The Passage has also recently received its outdoor license which means chairs and tables now also drink in the Darlinghurst vibe.

Agnes Gajewska
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Restaurant Features
Bar / Wine Bar
Cheap & Cheerful
Function for 50-100
Historic Building
Late Night Dining
Outdoor Dining
Private Dining Area
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Hens Nights/parties
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