Applejack Hospitality has opened a new bar, Della Hyde on Sydney’s Oxford Street, their fifth venue to open in four years.
Located at the Hyde Park end of Sydney’s Oxford Street, the venue will add to the growing number of exciting new bars and restaurants opening on the street in coming months, and will join co-owners Ben Carroll and Hamish Watts’ line up of respected venues across Sydney- The Butler, Bondi Hardware, The Botanist and SoCal.
Della Hyde will be Applejack’s playful interpretation of the luxe lobby bars of the grand hotels of the past, with opulent interiors, charming service, atmospheric tunes, and a focus on glamorous cocktails and delicious bar snacks.
Co-owner Hamish Watts says of their inspiration, “We like the idea that the Della Hyde site was ‘apparently’ once a grand hotel situated on Hyde Park and named after the famous American actress Della Pringle. We’ve taken design inspiration and a bit of artistic license from that- we reckon it would have had a touch of opulence based on the Hawa Mahal or ‘Pink Palace’ in Jaipur, India and that maybe it was a member of the revered ‘Society of Crossed Keys’. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it!”
The expansive bar, which will comfortably fit up to 150 people, will feature brick columns with ornate arched beams, luxurious Chesterfield banquettes, period feature lighting and mirrors, and timber and tile floors, all in tones of pink and grey with brass finishes.
The bar will also have a strong DJ focus with music from a line up of local favourites from opening til late.
Della Hyde’s General Manager Joe Worthington (formerly of SoCal Neutral Bay) and Applejack Group Bars Manager Lachy Sturrock have created a drinks list featuring cocktails that are sophisticated and classic, but with a twist, including cold-drip espresso aperitif- styled cocktails served over ice.
The menu, created by respected Group Executive Chef, James Privett, has a European and North African influence and will be substantial enough for dinner, but also perfect for a couple of snacks alongside cocktails. Dishes include pea and pancetta croquettes with harissa mayonnaise, and more substantial share plates including spiced lamb, olive, onion, spinach and labna pizza, and paprika chicken skewers with parsley and barley salad. Most importantly, like all grand hotels, the kitchen will be open late.
The space can also be transformed for private functions and events.
34 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney Open 5pm until late, 7 nights a week Doors officially open now.
by Arrnott Olssen
Editor Rogue Homme