This dimly lit and lively bar situated within the Bank of Australasia building, is a paradise to unwind for hours at a stretch after a long day in the sun. There are plenty of craft and unique beers on tap. I got the ’69’ Summer Ale. Situated at a very busy spot in Sydney (corner of George St and Liverpool St), this place gets extremely crowded on weekend nights. You can enjoy your night sitting in the shadows chatting quietly, down in the traditional pub on ground floor or have a bit of a swing at the nightclub upstairs. Having had a long day of walking around sightseeing Sydney, we preferred the former.
The food was very good and extremely cheap. This bar made me reconsider what I had heard of Sydney being far more expensive than Melbourne. We got nachos topped with beef chili, jalapeños, guacamole, sour cream and salsa from the late night menu. We also ordered the freshly baked Hot Salami pizza. The portion sizes were large and the toppings were generous. I highly recommend adding 3 Wise Monkeys to your list of must visit pubs in Sydney. The Opera Bar on the other hand is extremely overrated. For the sunset view of the harbour bridge, you have to fight for a table and put up with dressed up snobs!