The Foxtrot Inn, Crows Nest Review

Drink, Eat, Sydney / 17 December 2018

With a spot outside the lockout laws zone and a new summer cocktail menu, you’ll definitely be dancing The Foxtrot.

The Foxtrot Inn is a staple of North Shore nightlife, the large white doors on Falcon Street, a haven for all those looking for a good night out that isn’t at the infamous “Crowie” Crows Nest Hotel.

Serving delicious and inventive cocktails till 3am on Friday’s and Saturday’s, you’ll always find the Foxtrot packed to the rafters on any weekend night. Along with their new summer cocktail menu, this boutique bar also serves a great bite to eat with a variety of appetisers, share food and choose-your-own charcuterie boards.

As you walk in, you are welcomed to a unique, homely space that boasts three levels. Tucked right near the door, the first level is a little nook with comfy couches next to a bookcase. It’s from here that a set of stairs lures you to the second level, which has more a bar feel with small tables, comfy couches and walls full of mounted different animals heads. Here you’ll find a cute collection of vintage knick-knacks, conjuring the sense that you’re in someone’s home, that’s if your home was a deep south hunting lodge. It feels comfortable, yet trendy, with music pumping through the stereo and dim lighting.

Up the stairs again, the third floor opens up to a beautiful open-air courtyard, with booths and high tables on astroturf, with a vibrant greenery mural overlooking. Each level really feels like a different world.

The Foxtrot Inn Rooftop

The Foxtrot Inn is famous for their cocktails and their new summer menu is no exception. Stand-outs are the O.T.T ($22) made with pineapple and rum with a great burnt caramel kick. The delicious surprise however was Underberg, a German digestive reminiscent of absinthe, adding a herbal, aromatic flavour to balance the drink.

On the other hand, the San Sangre comes oozing in punchy flavours, using blood orange and tequila to create a concoction reminiscent of a tangy margarita. Other drinks The Foxtrot Inn add their own twist on include ‘The Foxtrot Negroni’ ($20) and ‘Quite Simply’ ($22), a mango daiquiri served in a young coconut.

The Foxtrot Inn cocktails

The food at The Foxtrot Inn is simple but genius. Curated by ex Hugo’s Manly chef Abiit Panday, it’s all about share plates, finger food and affordable goodies. We could have eaten one million of their truffle arancini balls and truffle fries. All pizzas are 10 inches for $10, with all your usual suspects of pizza toppings – pepperoni, ham & pineapple, margherita, vego, but also the extremely affordable prawn pizza with salsa verde which would belong at any gourmet Italian joint for twice the price.

Cheese and meat platter at the Foxtrot Inn

The knockout at The Foxtrot Inn is their amazing choose-your-own charcuterie platters. You can order 3 for $29, 6 for $55, or 9 for $75 and you get to mix and match whatever meat and cheese you like. The current selection includes Njuja Tradizionale, a spicy and spreadable pork salumi from Italy, which goes perfectly with their Irish Cashel Blue and Will Studd Brilliat Savarin Triple Cream.

Truffle Arancini

The Foxtrot is open late most nights and is situated outside of lockout laws, so you can party it up till the early hours. Better yet, most of the food menu is also available all night long too! Far from the original dingy dive bar, The Foxtrot Inn is perfect for a nice, little date spot, or if you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful dinner with mates.

The Foxtrot Inn is open Tues & Wed 5pm – 12am, Thurs 5pm – 1am, Fri & Sat 4pm – 3am, Sun/Mon closed 

Like what you see? Check out our Crows Nest Guide.