Underground cocktail bar: Charlie Parker's
If you ever wanted to drink a cocktail that tastes like a bushwalk after rain, this is where you can do it. The basement of Fred's is home to Charlie Parker's, a neighbourhood bar with produce-driven cocktails and a bar menu.
Charlie Parker’s is a snug, dark warren of comfy nooks for wooing, with a big imposing bar to sit at if you like some bartender chat with your drinks. You’ve got more fingers than they’ve got wines by the glass, but that’s because this crew loves spirits – there’s tasting notes for everything on the back bar, which might not arouse much interest in a London dry gin drinker, but is quite handy for whisky lovers.
There’s also an open kitchen downstairs pumping out Euro-style bar snacks like chicken liver mousse, salt beef croquettes with mustard and pickles and cheese boards – but if you want a bigger feed you’re simply on the wrong floor.
Basement, 380 Oxford Street, Paddington NSW 2021
Tue-Thi 5pm-midnight; Fri, Sat 3pm-midnight; Sun 3-10pm