Sugar Ray’s Bar in Surry Hills occupies a prime location on Cleveland Street, at the Eastern Distributor end. A lot of foot traffic passes through after a sports game at nearby Moore Park, so this place is bound to get busy. Brought to you by Dan and the team at Salt Vine (Crown St), it is hardly surprising that the food would be just as good.
A sophisticated bar and tapas menu with a great range of drinks including craft beers, a top mix of wines and in particular, some beautifully crafted cocktails to get that party started. On a more low key day, come and sip over your drink on a lazy afternoon.
The space takes you back a few eras with its dark painted walls full of framed images, leather couches and Persian Rugs, blink and you could be in the Jazz era. This makes for a super cool environment and the background music gives it a relaxing ambience.
The bartender whips us up a cocktail ‘the Wild lady’ as well as a mocktail of their concoction. Extremely skilled and knowledgeable, you will be happy with any drink ordered here.
The food menu is primarily tapas/bite size style, perfect for a nibble with your drink. The menu is just droolworthy! Salt and Vinegar fries, mac and cheeseballs, southern fried chicken, and pork belly puffs just to name a few. It’s clear there’s a strong Southwest American influences here. On this visit, we chose their mini sliders, but with a modern touch of duck as the meat.
We accompanied this with Cleveland greens, pumpkin, baby carrot, chimi churri and pecans and parmesan to flavour.
There’s also South American influences, evident through their barramundi tortillas. These were so interesting, with the barramundi atop some beautifully coloured beetroot crispy tortillas, topped with guacamole and trimmings.
If you’re still hungry and up for dessert, they have an ever popular pannacotta with chocolate, bourbon and pecan!
Get in soon to try this cool bar and top notch menu.