Crooked Tailor brings the small bar scene straight to Castle Hill
Growing up in Castle Hill, a typical night out used to include pizza at (GPK) Gourmet Pizza Kitchen and drinks at Hillside (the only semi-decent drinking hole for ‘young’ people). With not many bars in neighbouring suburbs either, the new addition of small bar, Crooked Tailor has breathed new life into the Castle Hill social scene. Owners of Pocket Group Christophe Lehoux and Karl Schlothauer created the pocket-sized bar in August last year. Like sister bars Pocket Bar, Stitch Bar and Button Bar, Crooked Tailor has kept the homey, haberdashery theme but with a twist of its own.
There’s a rustic vibe as you enter with wooden furniture and plants hanging around the ceiling and perched on the walls. Relaxed seating is available at the front of the bar, perfect for walk-ins. It’s not the prettiest view looking at cars whiz by on Old Northern Road and the benches are quite small. But on a Saturday night this place is packed so play it safe and make a booking. Take over a booth with friends in the main section of the bar for a more relaxed evening.
Play a game of cocktail roulette. Give the waiter a few words that describe what you do and don’t want in your drink. Things like sweet, sour and floral, maybe throw in a few of your favourite spirits. Then wait while your bespoke cocktail is created. We played this game over and over again, each time receiving delicious drinks, perfectly suited to our tastes. Like a sweet and sour rum cocktail with fresh apple juice and a lemon and lime iced tea with whiskey.
If you’re not one for surprises and would rather play it safe order from their signature cocktail list or ask for a classic. We give two thumbs up to their espresso martini. You can also order wine and beer.
If you’re after a snack, order the fries with paprika and ranch dressing. For something more substantial you can’t go past the spatchcock. It comes served with fresh cobs of corn, baby spinach leaves and a slightly spicy sauce. Each of the smoked salmon, portobello mushroom, and pea and mint crostinis is also a great dish suitable for sharing.
Crooked Tailor is one of the best things that’s ever happened to the Castle Hill bar scene. Next time you’re in the area be sure to check it out.
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Mon – Sat 4pm – 12am, Sun 4pm – 10pm
250 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill