May 11, 2018
This sprawling but stylish bar on the Oxford Street strip the second Will and Toby’s venture in Sydney has décor that borders on kitsch (check out the horse though don’t try and take the bar’s name too seriously by trying to climb on him, we guarantee management will not approve!) but somehow never oversteps the line. Part of Darlinghurst’s Oxford Hotel, the first floor Supper Club goes to town on the 1920s art deco theme, flatteringly lit with low leather couches, the mood in keeping with its regular live jazz and lounge music sessions. The top level Polo Lounge is less full on with parquet flooring, cozy armchairs and two working fireplaces giving a smart but homely feel, a sensibility echoed in the menu. (The fact that the venue is regularly used for photo shoots should give you an idea of the standard of décor on offer, and the clientele are often just as good looking). Drinks are top notch creations elevated by the unique décor; the crowd is cool and composed. The place also holds regular events, usually featuring DJ sets (sometimes in connection with the wider space) including gay-focused or gay-friendly nights, so worth checking out what’s on if you fancy some live entertainment. The Oxford prides itself (pun intended) on supporting the local LGBT community, and is the Official Sydney Mardi Gras Bar, so around Pride and Mardi Gras expect the joint to be hopping. You can also hire the venue (complete with private balcony, if you want to enjoy the evening air) and it’s a great place to hold a celebration.