May 11, 2018
The Hilton’s classy cocktail bar is worth a visit for the ambience alone. Enter the narrow dark opening across a white glass walkway and you find yourself in a chic, sleek space that’s suitable for a scene in a Bond film. Stylish, black-suited barmen stand behind the streamlined counters, while the room in front of them is furnished with lavish velvet armchairs, foot stools and drapes. Step past the curtains and a stunning outside terrace reveals a spectacular Sydney skyline. Order up a gin martini and you might very well begin to believe you’re James or Jane Bond, and this is your very own movie. Quality cocktails are the order of the day here, and the menu has been created with a rare care and attention to detail. If a standard martini is not your thing, the signature Zeta cocktails include the spiced agave margarita or the raspberry and lemongrass martini, while the experimental menu goes all Ell Bulli, using the kind of ‘molecular’ gastronomy that can seem pretentious but, done well, is dazzling: expect your drinks to come with unusual ingredients imaginatively prepared, and probably with lots of foam. You can even make your own cocktails order them ‘deconstructed’ style and you get your ingredients delivered on a platter, ready for you to put together as you wish. If all this seems a lot of fuss and you really just want a drink, the Twisted Classics or Forgotten Classics menus will probably be more your thing, all created by skilled bar tenders who are at the top of their game. Weekends see entertainment usually in the form of DJ sets and the bar has been known to attract the odd famous face, so keep your eyes peeled.