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Paying homage to the legendary Menzies Hotel, The Menzies Bar is a true labour of love, where obsession with history, hospitality and good times are woven together to deliver a bar legitimately unique to the Sydney CBD. Wrapping the bustling corner of Carrington and Margaret Street, the European inspired bar and bistro will showcase a menu of snacks, smaller and larger plates, along with a show stopping cocktail selection and a thumping wine list, available all day and late into the night.
The restoration and renovation process of Shell House and the The Menzies bar is a collaboration with Interior Stylist Anna Hewett.
The space combines heritage with European grandeur. Cast windows clad the perimeter between Carrington and Margaret street and fills the space with light. It features a sleek blackened steel bar, an overhead bar hamper that holds 1300 spirit bottles (a collective weight of 2.5 tonnes), a marble fireplace and mosaic tumbled marble floors which are complimented with soft furnishings including grape leather booths that span the length of the room.
Known for his rhythmic compositions that engage colour, abstract shapes, and murals, Sydney-local Mikey Freedom was commissioned to design works throughout the space as the “artist in residence” for Shell House. Freedom’s work can be found throughout the walls and framework, as well as creating bespoke tiles, tables and steel sculptures. The inspiration for the graphics came from the building’s rich history and materiality.
The Menzies opens on the 14th October.
Mikey Freedom – Artist in residence for Shell House