Sydney, New South Wales

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On an unassuming stretch of York Street down by Wynyard, Uncle Ming's is concealed below the Roman Daniel's suit shop. Step inside and be whisked away to 1920's Shanghai where deep scarlet walls, lacquered framework parapets and retro furnishings set the speakeasy vibe.
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49 York St
Sydney CBD NSW 2000


Sydney CBD



Asian, Bar snacks, Chinese

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$


Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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The first thing you notice when you step inside this subterranean drinking den is the sumptuous smell of burning incense that lingers in the air. It's a nice surprise that a bar can smell as good as it looks, and Uncle Ming's is one hell of a looker.

Situated at the Wynyard end of York Street, Uncle Ming's is hidden beneath a Roman Danielfs suit shop. Alas, the basement is not a storage area for extra clothing stock. Descend the stairs and dive head first into 1920fs Shanghai where scarlet mood lighting, guqin music (Chinese zither) and oriental pin-up posters are all the rage.

It is a thoughtfully laid out space divvied up by black lattice parapets and gold ornaments. A melange of tall round tables, bamboo stools and velvet armchairs speckle the venue with a long bar positioned to one side. Praise must be awarded for stopping the theme where it has – it's quirky and bold without being kitsch.

The menu offers an interesting list of fruity beers including Hitachino and Yebisu from Japan, a Tsingtao Stout and Yanjing from China as well as sake, umeshu, makgeolli and soju; all different types of authentic wine and vodka. The umeshu is a Japanese liqueur made from steeping ume fruits (while still unripe and green) in alcohol and sugar. It has the sake punch without the burn, isnft overly sweet and is definitely the clear winner of the evening. It is also served in oriental tea cups along with most of the beverages on offer. The dumplings available are good booze-soaking food and include flavours like pork and chive, chicken and coriander and egg and chive.

If you're after an exotic stew of serious liqueur, opium den décor and Chinese nibbles, Uncle Ming's is where you'll find it. Come on a weekday after work if you are after more personal service.
Sami-Jo Adelman

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Bar / Wine Bar
Late Night Dining
Something Different
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
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Morgan - 5/09/2012
Oh Uncle Ming's, be-still my Asian loving heart! Take a trip down an obscure York Street staircase (under a suit shop at number 55 to be exact) and tunnel into an underground caven of Asian antiques, exotic cocktails, Korean vodka and Japanese beer. The decor is an incredible and eclectic mix of 20's Shanghai themed furniture and Chinese 50's glamour shots, papered over deep crimson walls. The drinks are a tasty array of good quality, good ol fashioned spirits, funky Japanese whiskeys and Asian beers. We had a teapot (three for the price of two) of Grace Chang, but the fun and enthusiastic staff also made us a special flaming Chuck Norris. The food is all dumplings, in yum cha-esque baskets, perfect for after work drink nibbles. We also got fluffy duck buns and edamane beans, which arrived fairly quickly, with cute disposable chopsticks. As for the staff, they're super friendly and refreshing 'happy to be there'. Their definately cool, but not the unhappy, aloof hipsters you might expect. Great uniforms too! Definately worth a second visit, and a third visit, and maybe one more after that.