Another small bar has opened in Wollongong, but the point of difference is their passion for fostering the arts and live music.
The Shy Postie, on the lower end of Crown Street, is not only serving coffee and cocktails but is also set to be a platform for musicians, visual artists and the LGBTIQA+ community, according to its owners.
"In the midst of [the COVID-19 pandemic] we wanted to take the opportunity to install a community hub in the city of Wollongong, with the objective being to create a platform for artists and creatives to engage the wider community in a versatile setting that caters to all ages," co-owner Blake Smith told the Mercury.
"Our current calendar looks to hold monthly exhibitions, Wednesday drag performance nights hosted by Ellawarra, Saturday live music nights and Sunday live Jazz."
Jake Kosarew - whose alter ego is the fabulous drag queen Ellawarra - said she was approached by management of the bar to bring an inclusive weekly night to Wollongong to showcase the best queer artists from the region and beyond.
"It's an all inclusive Queer event so it's not limited to just drag performers, we want anyone and everyone to be involved," they said.
"It will be myself and two other queens ... performing throughout the night and new-comers (and existing) performers are welcome to show up and perform."
We are providing a voice for the culture that's hidden within our city.Bar co-owner Blake Smith
The bar is operated by Mr Smith and two of his best mates, Tsubasa Sherwin-Ozawa and Michael Bunten, who chose the name because "the post office is an essential part of getting connection and ideas out".
"We want to take the same philosophy but give a platform to send out the creative talents, character and culture Australia has, in a setting that allows the same," Mr Smith said.
"By creating a community hub we are providing a voice for the culture that's hidden within our city, and in turn want to see Wollongong as an exciting travel destination and city of vibrance."
For the venue's "launch weekend" artworks by Will Hilzinger will be on exhibition (think refined textiles, embroidery and up-cycled sequins), which will coincide with ticketed live music gigs on Friday and Saturday.
Music acts performing include: Crocodylus, Scab Baby, Swells, Sunscreen, Classic and Plain Wonder.