It's been a lot of things in the past, this building. Funeral Parlour, Cabaret Venue, Department Store. All of them died. Kinselas, however, is going strong. Located right on Taylor Square, it's one of the hubs of Darlinghurst pub life.
Large windows allow you to stare out and watch the nutters go by, while you sip (or gulp) your beers'n'breezers. Usually very busy indeed, the pub's seen it all. The usual crowd is 20-something, party folks, all of them. Being a Darlinghurst bar, a fair proportion of the gay community drop in, usually on their way somewhere, and it's a pretty non-threatening environment, meaning it's a stop of for groups of girls on their way to clubs.
A recent visit caused a bit of a shock - the downstairs pool room is closed off, which is a shame. I've had some great drunken pool matches there - notably the evening when a young couple befriended us and shared out their bottle of Tequila!
Warning though - it is
on Taylor Square. The area can be a little robust, so if you prefer a quiet night, stay away.
review by: pubguide staff