May 11, 2018
The Black Bar is a classic in the making. Go to the harbour side entrance of The Star and you might find yourself thinking you’ve stepped back into another era entirely. The elegant décor nods to the 1920’s and the bar tenders wear crisp white shirts and suspenders (that’s braces, for our non-US readers otherwise it would be a very different kind of bar). Cocktails are barrel-aged and they hand chip their own ice (but then what serious cocktail bar these days doesn’t?) There’s a focus on house made ingredients with a seasonal twist, with an emphasis on quality and skilful preparation. Head bartender Michael Chiem hails from the White Hart, and the drinks reflect his expertise. Try the Vieux Carre, a potent mixture of rye, Cognac, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, and Angostura bitters, all stirred over ice; it’s a grown up drink, complex but delicious when done right. There’s also a range of classily done bar snacks on offer try the Wagyu sliders or the smoked fish crackle. There’s limited seating at the bar, (though good for solo outings and the bar staff are friendly and happy to talk through your drinking choices), so why not grab one of the small tables scattered around the place and indulge your Great Gatsby fantasies while sipping a cool drink in one of the most stylish spaces in the city. (If you’re very lucky, you might spot Gatz himself, as Leonardo diCaprio has reportedly been spotted taking in the atmosphere here). Though it’s part of the Black by Ezard restaurant in Pyrmont, it’s the drinks that will keep you coming back.