Romance a 'given' in Paddington.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Lark Food and Drink (let’s just call it The Lark from now on, it’s less of a mouthful) is on busy Given Terrace (go back and read the title - geddit now?) in oh-so-trendy Paddington, but from the moment you step inside, you might be forgiven for thinking you’d just walked into someone’s house – with a narrow staircase to the right and a lovely courtyard to the right. What gives it away is the very well stocked bar that greets you as you walk through the door (unless of course you have friends with well stocked bars – in which case, leave their address at the bottom of this post!).

The Lark is perfect for all manner of rendezvous’- whether it be a casual “get to know you” drink at the bar, a casual and relaxed afternoon/evening outside, with great music, or an intimate and cozy affair upstairs with its classy décor, dim lighting and comfortable couches. The wine list is fairly extensive but not cheap. Expect to pay around $7 for a bottom-shelf Pinot-Chardonnay with most wine by the glass averaging between $9 - $11. The tapas menu is of a considerable size, however again, be prepared to pay 5 star tapas prices. The chips with gorgonzola sauce are definitely worth the $7 – and oysters can be ordered solo if you prefer – rather than the standard ½ dozen (although for $3.50 each, I must say, I was scouting out what else to order). Many of the smaller accompaniments are designed to accompany the extensive wine and cocktail list and if you’re just that little bit more hungry, there is a menu to suit, also.

You pay for the up-market food and up-market atmosphere and Paddington location – but if you’re looking for a place that’s just that little bit special, with good service, a spectacularly classy and cozy atmosphere – The Lark is your place.

  • Summary: Intimate cocktail & tapas bar with two casual dining options - intimate/cosy upstairs and relaxed/laidback outside.
  • Tip:  No bookings on the weekend - so prepare for a wait or arrive in plenty of time!
  • Transport: Plenty of public transport to Given Tce - but be prepare for a LOOONNG walk if you park in Paddington. Of course -that's not a bad thing....
  • Where: 1/267 Given Tce, Paddington, 4064
  • When: Monday: Closed. Tues-Thurs: 4pm-midnight. Fri-Sun: Noon-midnight.
  • Cost: Upmarket tapas/wine/cocktail prices.
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  • Perfect For: Drinks, quick bites, cozy romantic rendezvous'.
  • Downsides: Is quite pricey (worth it - but don't go if you're on a budget). Can get VERY busy on weekends.


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