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Check out Sydney’s secret speakeasy hidden behind a painting in a historic building<!-- wp:html --><div> <p class="author-section byline-plain">By Louise Allingham for Daily Mail Australia </p> <p class="byline-section"><span class="article-timestamp article-timestamp-published"> <span class="article-timestamp-label">Published:</span> 22:56 EST, March 4, 2024 </span> | <span class="article-timestamp article-timestamp-updated"> <span class="article-timestamp-label">Updated:</span> 23:05 EST, March 4, 2024 </span> </p> <p> <!-- ad: https://mads.dailymail.co.uk/v8/us/femail/food/article/other/para_top.html --> <!-- CWV --><!--(if !IE)>>--> <!– <!--(if IE)>--></p> <p> <!--(if !IE)>>--> <!–<!--(if IE)>--></p> <p> <!--(if !IE)>>--> <!–<!--(if gte IE 8)>>--> <!– <!--(if IE 8)>--></p> <p> <!--(if IE 9)>--></p> <p> <!--(if IE)>--></p> <p> <!--(if !IE)> --> <!–</p> <p> <!-- SiteCatalyst code version: H.20.3. Copyright 1997-2009 Omniture, Inc. 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It’s the perfect place for a date or a drink with friends.’</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">“The thrill of cracking the code to gain entry is matched only by rare friendly service that is very welcome in a world that is accelerating toward robotic service culture,” another five-star review read. </p> </div> <p> <!-- ad: https://mads.dailymail.co.uk/v8/us/femail/food/article/other/inread_player.html --></p> <div class="column-content cleared"> <div class="shareArticles"> <h3 class="social-links-title">Share or comment on this article: Check out Sydney’s secret speakeasy hidden behind a painting in a historic building.</h3> </div> </div> <p> <!-- ad: https://mads.dailymail.co.uk/v8/us/femail/food/article/other/mpu_comment_desktop_1.html?id=mpu_comment_desktop_1 --></p> </div><!-- /wp:html -->

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Inside a simple building in the middle of Sydney’s central business district is a surprising art-deco painting that hides a very funny secret.

The painting of a flapper-style woman drinking champagne is removed to reveal the quirky Messenger Bar that locals can’t get enough of.

Guests can press the ornate buzzer next to the artwork to gain access to the intimate speakeasy located beneath Transport House on Circular Quay.

Visitors can find the historic building by seeing the easy-to-miss sculpture of Mercury, the Messenger of the Gods, above its door and then following the messenger down the stairs to the door disguised as a portrait.

Once inside, they are greeted by a wall of quirky portraits of animals in distinguished clothing, sparkling chandeliers, and shelves full of wine bottles in the dimly lit underground restaurant.

Sydneysiders love an ultra-modern speakeasy hidden behind an art deco painting in a historic Circular Quay building.

Guests can press the ornate buzzer next to the artwork to gain access to the intimate speakeasy located beneath Transport House on Circular Quay.

Bar Messenger is a “wine underworld” offering an extensive drinks list featuring drinks from some of the best wineries in Australia and wine regions around the world.

If wine isn’t for you, the bartenders can mix up a variety of classic or specialty cocktails, like the Messenger’s Martini or Limoncello Spritz.

Foodies can delight in bites from the eccentric menu of sharing plates, cold cuts, cheese and hot toast.

Favorites include chicken liver pâté, burrata with basil, tomato and fig balsamic, and mortadella toast with gruyere, truffle mustard aioli and house pickles.

Bar Messenger opened its doors in August 2023 and has hosted themed events ever since.

Next up is Moulin Rogue night on March 8, where patrons can enjoy dazzling Parisian cabaret performances, as well as a Drag Show Cabaret show on March 23.

They are greeted by a wall of quirky portraits of animals in distinguished clothing, sparkling chandeliers, and shelves full of wine bottles inside the dimly lit underground restaurant.

If wine isn’t for you, the bartenders can mix up a variety of classic or specialty cocktails, like the Messenger’s Martini or Limoncello Spritz.

Food lovers will be able to delight in bites from the eccentric menu of sharing plates, cold cuts, cheeses and even hot toast.

Those who discovered this 1920s-style bar were amazed by their experiences.

Blogger Rosa Khater He said Bar Messenger had perfect “old world vibes” and a menu designed to be shared.

‘I love going to hidden bars and this one was great because it was behind a painting!’ said another woman.

‘I loved the changing vibes of the interior. It’s the perfect place for a date or a drink with friends.’

“The thrill of cracking the code to gain entry is matched only by rare friendly service that is very welcome in a world that is accelerating toward robotic service culture,” another five-star review read.

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