|Inspiring interiors at Bloodwood|
Need some date night inspiration in the inner city/inner west? I recently bar and restaurant hopped around the perfect combination of venues – a trio of places featuring amazing drinks from great wines to boutique beers to innovative cocktails (at Bloodwood and Freda’s), delicious food using quality, seasonal produce (at Spencer Guthrie, which is currently BYO) and cool vintage/industrial decor and atmosphere at all three.
First stop was Bloodwood down the southern end of Newtown’s King Street for cocktails, marinated olives and their amazing fried polenta chips with gorgonzola dipping sauce. A chic bar in Newtown, Bloodwood has a fantastic wine list, impeccable service and for the interiors obsessed, covetable furniture like colourful Tolix stools. Next, we headed (conveniently) across the road to Spencer Guthrie, a gorgeous, tiny, newly opened bistro. From their small menu (that’s constantly changing to reflect what’s in season) we had an amazing entree of beetroot and goats cheese salad with crushed walnuts and fresh horseradish, and another of chorizo, baby octopus and kipfler potatoes. Then it was onto gnocchi with lamb and mint, and a gorgeous deboned spatchock with mushroom, corn and barley – hearty, flavoursome, perfect!
Next, Negronis at Freda’s, a converted warehouse space tucked down an unassuming little alley off Chippendale’s Regent Street. Exposed wooden beams and a dark, cavernous space give the bar an underground, industrial feel. For directions on how to find Freda’s (and you must!) see their blog. A tried, tested and totally recommended trio of yay!
Images courtesy Bloodwood and Freda’s