May 11, 2018
Still regarded as one of Sydney’s most prestigious after-dark venues more than a decade after it first opened, Hemmesphere is a playground for Sydney’s well moneyed (and very well-placed). The first major feather in Sydney bar baron Justin Hemmes (geddit?) cap, no opulence was spared in the creation of this uber-exclusive bar on the fourth floor of the Establishment complex the décor, completed with plush, aubergine leather divans and scattered with cushions in an array of desert hues is said to be inspired by the longest reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Suleiman the Magnificent. Quirky chandeliers and a smattering of vintage lamps scattered across the stripy carpet complete the venue’s somewhat masculine feel. When it first opened, Hemmesphere had such a strict door policy that the only way to get past the velvet rope was to have your name on the guest list, and just how one achieved this was a closely-guarded secret. These days, Hemmesphere is somewhat easier to infiltrate, although there’s still a well-nigh impregnable VIP room to besiege. As for the drinks, the bar boasts one of the most extensive cocktail and alcohol lists you’ll find in Sydney, including a string of constantly evolving cocktails, from new takes on classics such as the Prescription Julep (Hennessy Vs Cognac, Rittenhouse rye whisky, mint and raw sugar) to fancy punches and champagne-based creations. A supper menu from award-winning Japanese restaurant Sushi E is also available, and is served until 1am on weekends. As you’d expect, the service is impeccable super-efficient, but, importantly friendly. As for the dress code, think several notches above smart casual. And mind your manners.