THE WORKERS
Sydney, New South Wales

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From the team behind Darlinghurst hot spot Lo-Fi comes The Workers Bar & Kitchen on Darling Street. The fit-out is a mash-up of eclectic styles including portraits of Bob Hawke and Gough Whitlam, green feature walls, fluoro Louis XV lounges and a quirky garden balcony. The site used to be a trades and labour hall in the 1890's, and the name of the bar is a respectful nod to the history of the venue. Come in for a Sunday Funday featuring $10 burgers, ping pong, giant Jenga and more.

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General info

Address:

292 Darling Street
Balmain NSW 2041

Suburb:

Balmain

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Cuisine:

American, Burgers

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$

License:

Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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Once a working class area, Balmain has become gentrified and now boasts a plethora of funky bars, top restaurants and designer boutiques. Entering The Workers is something akin to approaching a secret Masonic Temple. You pass under a nondescript doorway flanked by wrought iron lamps and travel up a narrow timber staircase that opens out into a large hall. Dark timber beams run overhead and exposed brick walls are plastered with graffitied political slogans and artfully crumbling concrete. Giant pictures of Labour party greats smile down on patrons and give the impression that the building Australian workers come "home" to has been loved by generations of locals. And, of course, it has.

Conscious of its place in the narrative of the hard-working, straight-talking, blue collar Party, everything at The Workers comes with a cheeky aside. The finger food menu has a definite American twist with dishes such as sliders, Alaskan crab cakes, crispy buttermilk fried chicken wings and the show-stopping "mini mac". Each dish has enough spice to keep things interesting but not enough to see you grab your glass. A DJ mixes trendy house tunes behind the bar and patrons can sit at communal tables down the centre of the room or in the cosier booths that run around the perimeter. For those looking for a quieter, more intimate place to chill out, a series of "private" rooms are fitted out in a style reminiscent of an office of a ‘60s Prime Minister, all tartan carpet and distressed leather armchairs.

Down the trendy, restaurant- laden streets of Balmain, it's refreshing to find a bar that doesn't take itself too seriously. If you're a local, The Workers is sure to become your regular watering hole. Hell, even if you're not, you're guaranteed to feel right at home.
Elizabeth Fenech

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Features

Bar / Wine Bar
Cheap & Cheerful
Late Night Dining
Live Music / Entertainment
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
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lozza - 21/12/2012
The best tacos in Sydney, they are not stuffed with the same all westernised Mexican stuffings. They are fresh and vibrant and excellent value for money. $3 each on a Wednesday is an absolute bargain. Comfy surrounds and finally a decent sized outdoor area
Michi - 2/11/2012
This venue is comfortable and stylishly fun. The food has punch but is still agreeable for persons who are not #1 fans of Mexican food. I'd be there far more regularly if I didn't live so far away!
Terry Street - 22/10/2012
Rubbish venue. The large room looks like the set from Alice In Wonderland with its clownish chairs and ridiculous posters of twenty something Whitlam, Hawke and Wran. The cocktail selection is up itself - like the staff whose musical tastes are simply limp. Which nicely matches Sydney's blandest Mexican food.