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Inner West, Sydney

The White Horse

381 - 385 Crown St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010
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Winner of the 2008 Sydney Business Awards, Best Bar/Hotel/Nightclub and Now a Finalist in 2009, if your heading out to Surry Hills for the first time, a drink at the Whitehorse is simply compulsory.

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Review by Kassia Byrnes

I wasn't very familiar with anything Surry Hills had to offer, until the night me and a group of friends decided to pub crawl through it. By the end of the night we considered ourselves experts. The night (and a few drinks too many) saw us end up in The White Horse. It was exactly the super trendy, too cool kind of place we'd come to expect.

There is a younger crowd here then many places in the area: mainly people in their 20s with the odd cougar thrown in. As soon as you step in the door, your eyes have to adjust to the dark and your senses have to adjust to the hustle and bustle around you. The dance music is loud, but not loud enough to drown out many voices competing to be heard over each other.

Downstairs is more of a dining area, but there are also tables and standing room closer to the bar meant just for drinks. The White Horse has a Pizza and Tapas menu for when you're feeling peckish, or a main meal menu for when you feel like something more substantial. Food ranges from about $10-$20. When we arrived a DJ was just starting up in the corner.

Upstairs feels a lot more like a club minus a dance floor. Couches and low tables face a small bar at the front of the room. If you follow a glowing red light, it leads you out onto the balcony. It's filled with long tables shared by anyone who's lucky enough to find a seat. Literally pushing through the thick crowd, we made our way to the bar. We had missed happy hour which happens on Fridays and Saturdays from 4-7pm which means we missed $4 drinks. Instead we turned to cocktails which are $16 or (our favourite option) $26 for a jug that served about 4 people. Beers ranged from $6-$11.

The place looks amazing and the people here are all very friendly. However, even at an earlier hour of the night it's chock-a-block. If crowds are a problem I would suggest avoiding weekend nights.

The White Horse has different deals on food and drinks throughout the week, like 2 for 1 cocktails on Wednesday and Thursday nights, so check out the website.

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