Situated in Wolf Lane, Cheeky Sparrow is one of a number of small bars/restaurants within a few metres of each other – Halcyon, Tiger Tiger and Wolf Lane. It operates more as a coffee shop in the mornings – opening very early to catch the workers on their way to their desks and hanging out for a coffee fix….and offering sandwiches and light meals throughout the day – salads, pizza and the like. Of course wine and beer is available too….
In the evening the food menu expands a bit to include charcuterie boards, sliders, chicken wings and the like, and the mood switches more to a small bar. The wine list is limited but includes some good drops – a lovely Xabregras Riesling from the Great Southern my highlight from the whites but the Knee Deep Chenin Blanc and Xanadu Chardonnay also appeal. Among the reds a Kalgan River Cabernet Sauvignon, and an excellent wine from the Barossa, Yelland and Papps Sete Di Vino, – a great blend of Barbera, Lagrien and Dolcetto – have the most to offer.
Beers available include Cricketers Arms and Tiger on tap and Anchor Steam and Holgate IPA by the bottle. And of course a host of cocktails are there for the asking.
It is decorated in a sort of down at the heel style, tatty chic perhaps? …..but welcoming for all that.
We have eaten there in the past and the food is fine without hitting any particular highs but today we ducked in late morning for a drink to escape the rising temperature outside and sought out a rosé, Hahndorf Hill Winery of the Adelaide Hills, not far from where the terrible fires are currently raging…it is a crisp, dry and refreshing wine and met our needs very well. On Monday the place closes at midday so we could not hang around to eat, or even to have another rosé…..soon on we went….
Cheeky Sparrow is a pleasant spot off the noise and bustle of Hay and Murray Streets, perfect for a coffee, light lunch or a drink or two….and in the evenings it really comes into its own…well worth a visit….remembering it is more a bar than a restaurant.