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Thursday, August 5th, 2010—Bar 207

Day 207—Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
The Creek Bar (Downstairs in the Eight Mile Creek restaurant)

Anybody who’s followed this blog for a while knows that Australia has been very good to the 365 Bar Crawl. I’ve done a lot of radio interviews over there, have been written up in the press and was even on national TV down under on their Morning Show. And I’ve got some loyal Aussie followers and commentators as well. I’d start to name you by name, but I’d probably forget someone, so let me just say thanks to the lot of you, mates! I thought I’d celebrate Australia tonight by going to a genuine Aussie bar called The Creek Bar. Okay,  it’s time to go berko, mates, off to the Creek Bar we go.

Here's the Eight Mile Creek restaurant.

But we're going to the bar down under.

Two happy hours, a true sign of an Aussie bar, these mates know how to drink!

And here's the bar down under. I'll be ditching my flash for a lot of the shots to show this place in all its basement, darkened, Aussie glory.

And here's a Cooper's Ale which I learned to love months ago from a suggestion from my mate, Brooksy! Paul is the bartender and he's a great guy who moved was born in Brisbane and moved here this year from Melbourne.

Cheers, mates!

Here's a group of people that were partying next to me. From left: Camacho, Jennie, Hector, Susan and Brent in the back.

P.D.A. duly noted.

It's nice and dark in the bar with single bulbs illuminating it.

There's candle-lit wooden nooks outside of the bar to relax at.

Speaking of candles...FIRE!

Let's go see who this group of people are.

Hee's Andrew who was enjoying a drink at the Oz bar.

And here's Brittany, the lovely female portion of this friendly ensemble.

And here's Brittany with her friend Trevor who bartends at the Ace Bar. I tried to go there a while back, but it was too crowded.

Here's the candle-lit back room.

Ian, Kelsey and Evan were enjoying the darkened ambiance back there.

Meanwhile back at the bar Paul is pouring out the suds for a thirsty customer.

There's tables, wooden booths and a stone wall opposite the bar.

Here's Ben and Simmy. Ben's a film maker and you can check his work out here: Dawn Of Man Prodcutions. Simmy also has a website and you can check out her work here: TS + Projects.

Paul and Brittany in conversation at the bar.

Here ya go, Fitzy mate, this shot's for you and the Koala's at the hospital.

Okay, up the stairs and back to New York. Goodnight, everybody!

The Creek Bar is located in a perfect location: Down under. Well, down under the Eight Mile Creek restaurant to be precise. Walk down a flight of stairs on Mulberry Street and you’ll find a nice slice of Oz-land right here in New York City. The walls are rough-shod rock and wood and the bar is small and cozy. There’s wooden booths and candle-lit nooks strategically placed in the dark, basement Aussie watering hole. The bartender is a friendly transplant from Melbourne and the crowd is mainly neighborhood locals with a tourist here and there thrown in for good measure.

It’s a full bar stocked with a good selection of draft and bottled beers. Some of the bottled beers include: Coopers Pale Ale, Toohey's New Draught, James Boag's Premium Lager and Lucky Lager. There’s a good selection of wine here and some of the specialty cocktails featured are: the Flying Kangaroo which is a mixture of,]Malibu rum, splash of Galliano, pineapple and orange juices, a Kiwi Martini which is 42 Below Kiwi vodka, a splash of Midori, fresh lemon and pineapple juices and an Aussie Illusion which mixes Stoli vodka, Bacardi rum, Blue Curacao, Cointreau, Midori, lemon and pineapple juices. This down under saloon also has bar food and the menu includes: a Classic Aussie Meat Pie, 'Coopers Ale'-battered Fish and Chips, Wallaby Wings and Meyers’ Brand Bangers & Mash. There’s a daily happy hour from 6:30pm to 8pm and another from 11pm to 1am with five dollar well drinks and one to two bucks off beers.

G’day, mates!

The Creek Bar (Downstairs in the Eight Mile Creek restaurant)
240 Mulberry St. (Near Prince St.)

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Reader Comments (28)

I get a little wierd and claustrophobic in basement bars.. but with a cute bartender like that I'd try:)

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

I like this down under bar! Nice and dark and it looks like it's loaded with fun people. Great Kinks song by the way! G'day!

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

Those specialty cocktails sound great!

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

"Down Under" it is!
What a great little joint!
Good looking female crowd too!
You found a little gem of a bar!
Good luck on the "Daytime Version" and
say hi to your folks for me.

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

Attention KEN K.---

Marty lost your e-mail address; send it again, with "Hey Marty" in the subject line and I'll forward it to my dad, thanks!

-James M.

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJames M.

this place looks like a real austalian bar. i'll be anxious to see what the aussie followers have to say about this. gday! LOL!

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrita r.

I hope Andrew enjoyed his "fire" drink !! haha FIRE!
and on the chalkboard they wrote "air con" which means in french: "stupid looking" ;)
Very cool this place !!

Oh, how I love those blue stairs! The stories they could tell... But enough about talking stairs. This place rocks. Love the tiled floors and stone walls combo. Plus, being a recovering Catholic, the old-school wooden benches make me all nostalgic and shit. The mood lighting's great and it seems like the crowd's fun and friendly. I look forward to visiting the Creek Bar sometime soon, to take advantage of one (or both) of their happy hours. In the meantime, I'll keep my eyes peeled for Camacho, Jennie, Hector, Susan and Brent to appear in the newest MTV joint - "Burrough Boozin'." Snooki ain't got NUTHIN on them!

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

It's more than 10 years since I was in Australia, it's nice to see a bottle of actual Australian beer that isn't Foster's. I guess if I can't make it down under, I should head over to this joint.

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFat Al

I think you hit upon a goldmine here. 1: its downstairs in a basement,,,that's bar heaven 2: It look's dark as a mineshaft with perfect lighting. 3: A picture perfect shot of a beautiful girl, Jennie. 4: an Australian bar = a great time because they know how to party it up better than anyone. Great bar here, I would like to try a Kiwi Martini and I like that double happy hour every day. This place I must check out.

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

Fire Fire Fire
Hi Martys Folks , hope you enjoy your stay in New York .
@ Marty have Fun while out from work , didn't catch up with you yesterday , to busy !!

Wow that looks like an amazingly cool bar! Love the friendly folks ejoying the cool vibe there and Paul the ultra-cute bartender/

Great choice Marty and thank you so very much for letting us tag along!

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

@365: I like this little gem of a dive. The sun gets pretty harsh in Australia so the further underground you can get, the better...but not at the moment. It's freaking freezing cold!!
@ Rita r. I think I've mentioned before that there aren't too many dark bars and dives over here and by looking at this post, it makes me wonder why there aren't!!
It's got the Coopers Pale ale and James Boags which are pretty much staples but Tooheys New?!
(insert puking sounds here). NEW is one of the most common tap beers in Aus along with VB, Carlton Draught and XXXX. I've had WAY too many bad hangovers from drinking NEW so now even the smell of it makes me wanna hurl.
@ Fat Al: It's funny, Forsters is one of Aus's biggest export beers, but you rarely see it over here.

I don't remember Wallabies having wings?

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim Clack Downunder

Hahahah they make "Illusions"............ that was my drink of choice over here back in my younger clubbing days............... And the bartender is a Brissie boy!! Well thats just the icing on the cake.
I will def have to check this one out when we're over :)

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAussie Matchy

Nice one Marty - have been waiting for another Aussie Bar on the crawl, and I reckon you've stumbled onto a ripper!

Funny you mentioned how hot the sun can be in Australia, and being underground in a bar is a good way to get away from the heat. Well, in my home state of South Australia, there is an outback town called Coober Pedy, which is about 800km from the capital city - Adelaide. And a lot of people actually live underground in "Cave Homes" there - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coober_Pedy

Glad to see you're still on the Coopers too mate. I'll have a few Cooper's tonight while watching the Aussie Rules.

Cheers mate,

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Brooks

can not offer up any thing...as usual it has all been said...KOC


August 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

@Tim Clack D'under....come on clacky, thats very un-australian mate, i drink TOOHEYS NEW!!! was rared on it!!!!....would love one right now!....have you forgotten the "Anzac Beer Code"???..."THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A BAD BEER..... JUST A BEER YOU MIGHT NOT PREFER"....here endith tha lesson.....

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfitzy

@fitzy - sorry mate, I'm with Tim on this one. Tooheys Spew is rubbish.

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Brooks

@Fitzy, Brooksy and Clacky: Nothing better than seeing Aussies argue over beer! C'mon, mates, it's all good if there's alcohol in it! Cheers to you all!

August 5, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@marty, yep jobs right mate! "The Creek" gets the nod of approval....cant beat a bar downunder, the cellar atmosphere works for me...

i did spot the koala crossing sign a couple of times before you made mention to me & me mates at the K/Hospital...(thanks mate!)...plus i spied an ancient Australian Made logo on the wall behind the fire drinker.....

& great they have a aussie Paul behind the bar, & he's wearing a ol' flanno shirt!!! onya Pauly!!!!

dunno bout the pub kissin' shot though...ya pub kiss in the pubs i drink at & be prepared to have every local in the bar bombard you with shitstirrin' one liners...but you will also notice Paul in the background keeping an eye on things, he probably went over & warned those two & recommended a motel down the road.....lol

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfitzy

Cool place. My parents have an old wooden church pew, so I also feel nostalgic about those wooden benches. And hey at least the PDA couple were keeping their hands to themselves.

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari

@kari....good point!

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfitzy

Nice. Never been to Australia, but i can go here as a start. Haha. Checked out Simmy's site as well. Really cool stuff on her site.


August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandeep

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