Showing posts with label bar and restaurant in Sydney. Show all posts
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Saturday, 19 April 2014

New Hampton Venue Launch - Review

Reviewed by Regi Su
After a long time under construction, the Hampton Court is back in action as the New Hampton! The bar aims to bring The Rock to Kings Cross in an attempt to revitalise the area and offer a sense of suave class to Sydney's entertainment district. The New Hampton really does this.

Original timber beams give the venue cozy character, while sandstone walls feature and set the scene as something akin to Australiana. Original stained glass windows beside lazer cut steel images of cockatoos and kookaburras adorn the walls. The images are backlit with an amber glow, aiding the warmth of the place and hinting at a celebration of heritage and history. Australian folk songs are framed beside indoor palms, giving the rustic vintage feel a modern swing. It's inviting and it's comfortable. For the first hour or so of the launch, a bush band fiddled, while an accordion kept the scene upbeat, accordingly. This seemed fitting, just as the pulse of a techno DJ did later on during the launch. The New Hampton caters to anyone and while there is a theme to the venue, it seemed to be more of a homage to the building's heritage. This gives the bar room to be whatever you'd like it to be.

The bar boasts an enticing selection of liquor to soothe the palate. We were greeted with Rum and Raisin Old Fashioned, and Vanilla Kisses. The Rum and Raisin Old Fashioned was so smooth, full-bodied and fruity, while the Vanilla Kisses cocktail was like a festival of fairy floss and splendor. My partner and I enjoyed these cocktails and ventured to try the Lychee Rose Martini; dare I say, a tantalizing concoction that reminded me a little of a High Tea garden party. The staff were friendly and their cellar extensive.

Canapes were served with promises of flavour explosions. Bite-sized morsels of tastes that shouldn't mix in theory, but did as well as old favourites. Pulled Pork Gallete, Watermelon with Olive and Fetta, Duck Liver Parfait, Wild Mushroom Arancini, Smoked Salmon Asparagus and Labne, Tomato Consommé and Crayfish were served, to name a few. This finger food was trendy, tasty and on vogue. They truly were delicious. If their canape selection is any reflection of what the New Hampton restaurant offers, you're in for a treat.

As a venue, the New Hampton is laid back, smart casual elegance, where beautiful people can roam a beautiful club. It's sexy sophistication in the heart of the Cross.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

The Carlisle Bar

Reviewed by Ben Oxley
Smart, sassy, and chic are some of the ways to capture the look of The Carlisle Bar in Kellett Street, Kings Cross. The deep brown interior gives elegant relief to the marble and highlighted bar areas. Staff are very efficient, and the room is reminiscent of a bar onboard an ocean liner.

A theme encompassing birdcages and trees features throughout The Carlisle Bar in Sydney’s King Cross, which opened its doors for the first time on 22 November.

Complete with three separate bar areas, a lounge bar, nightclub and VIP area with 60 person capacity private rooms, The Carlisle has been described as much more than a traditional bar and nightclub.

It operates as an after work drinks destination, special events space - private rooms can be hired out for corporate functions, product launches and birthday celebrations, among others, and a high end bottle service is also available.

The place was buzzing by 8pm, but it will be the wee small hours which see the most patrons. Its appeal is in intimate seating areas, and a cosy dance floor area. The DJ gave way to drums from Polynesia, accompanied by three dancers who could have featured in Rio's Carnevale.

Facebook says the Sapphire Lounge has a fully operational kitchen on site and can offer a mouthwatering selection of catering options for your birthday party, engagement, product launch or work social drinks including canapes, gourmet pizzas or party platters.

The glittering jewel of Kings Cross clubs, the Sapphire Lounge brings a sexy sophistication to Sydney's highly competitive cocktail bar and nightclub scene.

It's easy to find, secure, and one of a few venues you can unwind and celebrate the best of Sydney in proper fashion. The Carlisle Bar is open from 6pm until late on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.