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Bench Wine Bar

There's a surprise at the south end of King Street, the last time I checked, there wasn't a lot of laid-back, cool drinking options down here! In the past I have parked here and then walked back to the lights and sounds of Newtown!

Some say its small but I prefer quaint as in boutique with a long, steel communal table or two-seaters to meet one on one neatly placed in another cosy little room. Stools perched at a front-window bar look on to King Street where there are a couple of charming garden benches surrounded by pot plants. Being small it's totally cosy inside. If you're brave enough to sit outside, the bar has blankets on hand which is a sample of their efforts to make you feel comfortable!


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When you arrive at this venue, you notice the family atmosphere and service. We're greeted at the door like a VIP, after hanging up our coats, we are offered a drink to break the ice! The staff are attentive, genuine and just seem to enjoy working here. Always a must for all corporate events and functions! 

Attention to detail is a major selling point and attracts organisers far and wide. It's a congenial bar - the music is at conversation level and everyone is well behaved. ''I'm noticing the age demographic is 30 to 60 which I love,'' Thomas says. ''With the older people, I can't imagine them going anywhere else on King Street so it's great.''

This is not an empty space! its alive with funky elements such as exposed, low-hanging lights and a wall of hollowed-out cylinders lit up by a brilliant magenta light. There is a really nice selection of wines with not too many to get confused by. Each has a description and the menu of large tapas-sized dishes has suggested matches. Food is limited to cheese boards, olives, the Bench rump steak, Bench prawns, and Bench pizettes.

The Tar & Roses miro ($15.50) from Spain - an interesting fleshy, earthy, almost raw red wine - goes well with the succulent lamb rump pieces with lemon, mint, oregano and tzatziki ($14). Likewise, the recommended Tainui sauvignon blanc ($9) goes fairly well with the trio of home-made pizettes. There are plenty more boutique wines on the international list and I could easily settle in longer to try them all.

bench cocktails

For a group wanting both quality and variety instead of the standard beer wine and juice there's a list of classics and they are made well. A ''champagne'' cocktail (sugar cube soaked in Angostura bitters, brandy, sparkling wine, $14) is delightfully sweet. The Cosmopolitan (vodka, Cointreau, lime, cranberry juice, $14) is not too watery nor citric as is often the case and while the Mojito isn't the best I've ever had, they make a mean Vodka Martini.

Welcome to Bench Wine Bar! One small step from a King Street cab into a haven of smooth grooves and mood lighting offering tapas, cocktails, beers, spirits, liqueurs and a wide selection of accessibly priced antipodean and old world wines. Come to Bench Wine Bar and experience our high-quality drinks, food and service.

Corporate and Venue Hire
Need a handy venue close to the city for your corporate event or group celebration?   Consider impressing your clients with Style at Bench Wine Bar on King Street Newtown.

This is a small intimate restaurant venue designed to satisfy small groups up to 55 pax , ideal for work celebrations, midday meetings, space can be hired for sole occupancy, food and beverage packages are cost effective and very competitive due to low overheads and Newtown location.

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Venue Hire through the day on weekdays can be arranged to suit your needs. From just a few special clients up to 55 guests we can give your event that little difference.

503-511 King Street Newtown NSW 2042 Australia  61-2-9557 7428

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