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Shirt Bar in Sussex Lane: Yarnbombing with Magda Sayeg

Author: Posted on: September 25, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Shirt Bar in Sydney’s CBD played host to the unveiling of an unusual piece of art just outside its doors. The stairs in Sussex Lane were yarnbombed with splashes of colour by knit graffiti artist Magda Sayeg in a piece called “Untitled”.

Sussex Lane Yarnbombing
Sussex Lane yarnbombed

Part of the Art & About Sydney festival running from 23 September to 23 October, Magda, guerrilla knitter from Austin, Texas, addressed guests at the Shirt Bar and gave a brief introduction to her work.

Sussex Lane Yarnbombing
Yarnbombing the steps

Yarnbombing, yarnstorming, or guerilla knitting is described as “infusing a warmth and humanity to a landscape of concrete and steel”, an exciting concept that is causing a lot of interest in the art world.

Shirt Bar Sussex Lane
Guests at Shirt Bar

Shirt Bar Sussex Lane
Magda Sayeg at Shirt Bar

For the occasion, Shirt Bar opened its doors in the evening of Saturday 24th September and offered a tasting of Hendrick’s Gin and Tonic with canapés from Balcony Bar, another small bar further along the pedestrian laneway.

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Hendricks Gin & Tonic at Shirt Bar

Shirt Bar in Sussex Lane has been on our radar since it opened its doors in June 2011 due to to Mr G’s long association with men’s fashion. A novel concept store, it combines business shirts, a café and a small bar with an emphasis on dark spirits under the same intimate roof.

Shirt Bar Sussex Lane
Shirts, bar and café

Shirts by Ganton, Jensen, Bespoke and Louka & Sabina are at home with single malts, wine and spirits, single origin FAT coffee and Micks gourmet pies.

The wine selection includes the sexy range from Saint and Sinner Wines and Champagne from G.H. Mumm. Two Peroni beers are available and a minimalist cocktail list which includes Mint Julep served in a chilled pewter cup and Espresso Martini. With a good range of spirits on display, the bartenders may just accommodate a request if you ask nicely.

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Selection of dark spirits

But you come to Shirt Bar for their impressive range of dark spirits, particularly whisky and rum. Single malts from Scotland include a few favourites such as Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Glenfiddich and the Balvenie. There’s even Lark Distillery single malt from Australia, Yamazaki and Nikka from Japan and Hudson single malt from the USA – all of which we have tasted and reviewed at the Sydney Whisky Fair.

Blends include 3 varieties of Chivas Regal, Johnnie Walker Black and Blue, and Monkey Shoulder. Bourbon, tequila and rum complete the spirit collection, with the 12 year old Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, a rum we particularly enjoyed at the Baranows Emporium Cigar and Spirit event at La Bodeguita Del Medio during BarShow Week.

For whisky aficionados, Shirt Bar holds regular Scotch Club tasting sessions with accompanying food.

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Art and drink at Shirt Bar

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Shirt Bar concept

Shirt Bar Sussex Lane
Colour on Sussex Lane during Art & About

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Shirt Bar, Sussex Lane

Shirt Bar is not just a quirky business combining retail and hospitality. Its classy and artful interiors coupled with a small bar vibe make it a top spot to unwind with a serious drink in hand and a welcome respite after a long day in the corporate world. Sláinte to that!

Shirt Bar is featured in Sydney’s top whisky bars.

Shirt Bar
7 Sussex Lane
Between 275 Kent St & Sussex St
Sydney NSW 2000
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Magda Sayeg

Art &About Sydney


Corinne is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues.

She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards for 2013 and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List for 2013.

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15 Comments to “Shirt Bar in Sussex Lane: Yarnbombing with Magda Sayeg”

  1. The yarnbombing looks great. Amazing what colour adds to laneway. Shirt Bar looks fun. It’s about time there was a bar in a men’s shop for the girls!!

    • Corinne says:

      An interesting art concept I hadn’t heard of before and it’s a lot of fun! Yes, I was very impressed with Shirt Bar – great selection of spirits and art-fashion surrounds!

  2. Sarah says:

    I’ve been wanting to try Shirt Bar for a while now! Just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Looks great!

  3. Big fan of Shirt Bar – and knitting…!

  4. This is right near my work so I’ve been keeping an eye on the yarnbombing. Love knitting :) I’ll have to check the bar out too

  5. forest says:

    i only recently had this whole gorilla knitting brought to my attention & I love it. i think that quote ““infusing a warmth and humanity to a landscape of concrete and steel” sums up so nicely exactly what it does. Sounds like Shirt bar has a lot of things going for it that make it a place I’d be happy to spend a bit of time drinking some dark spirits!

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