A trip down south to Melbourne two years ago inspired owner Ray Vircansa to open his own place in Sydney, and the cosy vintage aesthetic definitely recalls signature southern bars at the expense shiny minimalism.

Jester Seeds is small, but strong on atmosphere. Comprising two rooms and a very Australiana astro-turf covered courtyard out the back, the walls are lined in distressed patches and the furniture is comfortably retro.

Vircansa, whose background is in business rather than hospitality, saw that a crop of small bars had already popped up in inner suburban areas like Oxford Street in Darlinghurst. The lack of these smaller, more intimate venues in the city-end of King Street made the area a perfect spot for Vircansa to open his first venture.

Jester Seeds offers up an imaginative cocktail list, with drinks including a honeyed whisky mix, the Penicillin, and Pretty in Yellow, a summery passionfruit and vodka blend. Available beers are Bintang (a nod to Vircansa’s Indonesian heritage) and Doss Blockos from Melbourne microbrewer East 9th Brewing.

The food menu is eclectic but casual and paired well with booze with a global smorgasbord including okonomiyaki, kalbi tacos, skewers, and baked potatoes.

The plan for Vircansa is to open a gallery space upstairs above the bar, which should further cement Jester Seeds’ place in the regeneration of Newtown’s nightlife.

Jester Seeds
127 King Street, Newtown

Tue to Sat 4pm–midnight
Sun 4pm–10pm