Tapping into the understated style and dapper drinking culture that lies beneath all that party-minded pizzaz New Orleans is known for, The Swinging Cat channels the famed U.S city’s French Quarter into one of the most atmospheric among Sydney cocktail bars.

The bar is unashamedly biased towards the classic – and classically strong – Big Easy-born sazerac, a recipe followed to a tee, but lists several other interpretations that bring a fresh new perspective to the timeless concoction. Not bad for a bar that’s hidden underneath a garish Subway outlet.

Any late-night meeting here is bound to impress, escaping from the CBD crowds and breaking from reality to immerse you in a shadowy, seductive speakeasy.

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