Gladstone St Surry Hills, NSW 2010

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Opening hours Tues-Thurs 5pm-11pm,Fri-Sat 5pm-midnight
Features Bar, Late night, Licensed, Romance-first date
Prices Cheap (mains under $20)
Chef Andrew Cibej
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 02 9699 1582

What is it about Italian grape varieties that make them sound like Italian racing car drivers? Nerello mascalese! Brachettolungo! The blackboard at this tiny, noisy, dimly lit gem lists 20 different wines by the glass, each representing a different region of Italy. 121 BC also has a broom cupboard-sized kitchen that serves up wine-friendly share-plates, including nutty just-sliced prosciutto with fruity red peppers; a sweet salad bowl of smoked mussels, peas and purslane; and charry grilled octopus with whipped bone marrow. With just 20 stools, you have to be lucky (or early) to nab a place in pole position. Licensed.