The 100-year-old building housing Mary’s has had a few tenants over the years, including a Greek men’s club and even a sexual health clinic.

Mary’s owners Jacob Smyth (ex-Bodega) and Kenny Graham (ex-Gardel’s Bar) got hold of the old pile of bricks, gutted the inside and spruced up the joint from top to bottom.

The original floorboards have been retained and the lovely wooden tables are made from recycled railway sleepers. The long bar is also fashioned from recycled lumber and sits underneath the mezzanine level – a feature that was cleverly added during construction. Nice touches such as the homemade Jack Daniel’s light fittings and the feature wall made of timber, inlaid with mirrors, adds a snappiness to the room.

At the bar, there’s Resch’s, Carlton and Young Henry’s on tap together with some cheap brews by the bottle. The wine list features a great deal of French wine, most of which is bio-dynamic and organic. They also stock a couple of rare American bottles and have plans to get their hands on some Italian vino.

Cocktails are a work in progress and subject to some tinkering down the line. Available at the moment are mixes like The Last Word with gin, Chartreuse, maraschino cherry and lime juice. But just ask and they’ll happily make you up a classic too.

The concise menu includes three burgers, the Mary’s, the Cheez and the Shroom, fried chicken in various formats and side like mash and gravy. You can even jazz up your sloppy joe with additions like trashcan bacon, which is prepared in a large (admittedly very clean) garbage can.

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