The Cat’s Meow Roars Into Sydney
A trolley service of caviar, oysters and champers – it’s how things are meant to be.
The Cat’s Meow – historical slang for something sought-after, and now, a swanky Sydney champagne bar set to become a firm Robb Report fave.
Located in Darlinghurst, the opulent newcomer lands at a time the city’s lockout laws are set to be overhauled – a new and worthy centrepiece of a bar scene in need of such a boost.
A den of decadence conceived by design outfit Henderson & Co – this is Gatsby’s 1920s dragged into the modern day. While that may sound a little overcooked and somewhat naff – here it’s anything but.
Main area, The Vault, boasts high ceilings, arched windows, flowing drapery and marble surfaces. The Butcher’s Library, meanwhile, is a prohibition-inspired space of glass cabinets displaying cellared wines, ageing meat and cheeses and cut-throat razors – a nod to the area’s former nickname of Razorhurst.
Hit up the rear Champagne Room and sink into plush velvet booths overlooking a glowing champagne display with an accompanying trolley service of caviar, oysters and crystal flutes of only the best fizz. Better still, privacy dominates this behind-the-curtain bar with phones checked on entrance – expect the occasional celeb and those seeking a night of drinking devoid of bowed heads and glowing screens.
A grazing menu designed in consultation with Quay’s Camille Saint-M’leux boasts locally sourced ingredients that covers meats, cheeses, a prawn cocktail you’d actually order and not eat in embarrassment, alongside a croque monsieur (with truffle bechamel) that had us at bonjour.
Now open at 52 Oxford St, The Cat’s Meow is where we’ll be this summer.
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June 23, 2022