It’s hard to define exactly what Freda’s is, and therein lies its charm.
Part cocktail bar, part live music venue and part community centre, the Regent Street hideaway brings together like-minded individuals in a way that many bars don’t. Owner David Abram has worked hard to foster this come-as-you-are, creative vibe since the night Freda’s opened in 2011.
It’s Freda’s weekly arts, cultural and music nights that set it apart. Following five years of throwing parties at Sydney’s now-closed Good God, Abram’s goal has always been to provide a space in which Sydney’s creative community can thrive.
Behind the zinc bar that stretches the length of the century-old warehouse space, you’ll find an array of actors, writers, photographers and musicians (many of whom play a hand in curating Freda’s diverse events) mixing mostly tequila and mezcal-based cocktails to the sounds of Italo disco one night, and then Ethiopian jazz the next. Don’t pass up the War of Roses (gin, Amaro Montenegro, rosewater) or the classic Paloma (tequila, mezcal, grapefruit, soda).
Abram enlists the help of George Woodyard (Scout’s Honour and Morris) to oversee a small and affordable bar menu that takes high-quality ingredients as its starting point (you won’t find a deep-fryer here). If you’re going to order just one dish, go for one of the three arepas: Venezuelan-inspired cornmeal pancakes topped with either pulled pork, grilled chicken or spiced roast pumpkin.