Push past the bustling restaurant at the front and you'll reach not just Double Bay's very first small bar, but a cafe, restaurant and bar all wrapped in one.
Food is available from breakfast through to dinner at Mrs Sippy, but the best thing about this place is the bar. The drinking is done out the back in the large courtyard. The bar is crammed with liquor and has a big folding hatch that makes it look almost temporary – as if tomorrow you could come by and find it gone. An elegant adjoining room has exposed brick walls, wooden floorboards and timber rafters. The communal tables offer a viable setting for groups, while just beyond, a balcony offers a slightly depressing view of a laneway.
The drinks list sure is pretty. Ale-wise, there's Lord Nelson 3 Sheets Pale Ale, Peroni and McLaren Vale Dark Ale. The wine list is extensive and runs to nine pages. Australian drops dominate, but there's plenty of French, Italian and New Zealand action thrown in. Cocktail-wise, there's Raspberry Fizzes, Mojitos and Bellinis, and they're not bad, but the majority of punters seem happy with a glass of wine clamped to their hand.
As for food, rock oysters and duck liver pate with pickles will go well with your drinks at the bar, but if you get hungry, more substantial, bistro fare is available back out front at the restaurant and includes a variety of pizzas (even wagyu beef and jalapenos on your base), a chicken club, the Mrs Sippy a cheese burger and fish and chips.
And so while it's not the most exciting small bar offering this city has produced, Mrs Sippy is at least giving it a go. And it sure beats the Sheaf.