By tactfully replacing the drinks on their menu and substituting generic syrups for fresh and homemade ingredients, the owners of The Collection are converting their loyal drinkers to better drinkers one at a time.

It’s great to see the drinks list giving recognition to some of the classics that have fallen by the wayside or been bastardised by generic bars. For instance, try the Mary St. Hurricane – think Matusalem rum, housemade grenadine, lime juice, and a whole passionfruit shaken violently and dumped into a traditional hurricane glass.

The space itself is generously sized while remaining intimate, like any good cocktail bar should be. Enjoy a drink on the footpath or settle into the intimate surrounds inside with black wooden flooring, subtle lighting and jazz pieces as background sound.

Awarded Best Small Bar of the Year 2012 at the Sydney Bar Show, The Collection has more than one string in its bow. Strongly influenced by the history of New Orleans, the food menu includes dishes like a Shrimp and Crocodile Cheesecake, a House Gumbo (a dark roux stew with andouille sausage, shredded chicken, trinity, and served over rice) or Red Beans and Rice based on Louis Armstrong old recipe.

The owners have a great pedigree, having stood behind the stick at New York’s PDT and San Francisco’s Bourbon and Branch. They’ll doubtlessly turn this venture into a place that locals will come to love and the type of place you won’t hesitate to travel across town for.