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Words by Lukas on 02-Mar-2018
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon - Sun 4pm to 12 am, Sun Closed
Door: Open door
Style: Cocktail bar
Recommended for: Aperitivos, Cocktails, Food
Price guide: Middling
Owned by: Chris Lehoux
Sitting in a slightly hidden location in Sydney's inner-city suburb of Surry Hills, Soultrap is first and foremost a cocktail bar, albeit with a very jazz club like setting. Head down the dimly lit stairs and you will find exposed brick walls featuring a bar section with high tables and bar stools opening up to a main area housing dining tables, feeling like an old fashioned jazz club. Soultrap has a very homely feel and highlights this by offering full table service throughout the venue.
On the drinks front, one unusual offering is Mistelle, a traditional French drink which is a blend of fresh or slightly fermented grape juice and spirit that is then barrel aged to infuse. Soultrap use this as the base for their signature cocktails, as well as offering a seasonal cocktail list. The wine is a mix of Australian and imported, with a focus on organic and biodynamic. Two beer taps with Aussie craft brews and a small selection of beers in the fridge round out the list.
The kitchen here takes inspiration from Mediterranean delis - think cured meats, cheese, canned and marinated fish, and dips, harnessing cuisines from France, Italy and Spain. While it is definitely an upgrade on most bar food and snacks you will find, it doesn't quite move into the realm of restaurant style food. Instead, it sits perfectly in-between, small dishes and share plates.
Soultrap has live bands every Thursdays, and DJs spinning vinyl on Saturdays. The music here is a mix of, as the name suggest, soul, funk, R&B, and alternative rock. The space also doubles as a hat workshop which are on display in cabinets, with stylish fedoras, cowboy inspired and classic hats sitting proudly.
Slightly larger than your average small bar, Soultrap maintains an intimate, jazz club feel, with a relaxed vibe and good service.