When a new cool Sydney bar opens its doors, the early days are a good time to check it out. We’ve kept an eye on the goings on at the new Roosevelt Cocktail bar in Potts Point, following in the footsteps of sister sydney cool bar - eau de Vie, last night we went along for the first night.
The new Roosevelt Cocktail Bar pays homage to its famous forerunner from the 1940′s. The original was a famous nightspot during and after the Second World War – you can check out some great original photos in the new bar.
So to the bar – this is a cocktail bar that delivers the classics and more obviously, a whole lot of new creations – including a whole selection from the ‘nitrogenized cocktail trolley’ – they believe this is a world first. These cocktails are served at your table, using liquid nitrogen in the mix. I want to try the Martini of Tomorrow – which is mixed with liquid nitrogen – and made from Ketel One Vodka, Tanqueray, grapefruit and pomegranate.
As usual, the Sydneycool classic martini test – although I went for a Rick’s martini – (there are lots of references to Casablanca and Middle Eastern flavours in the list) which is Tanqueray 10, ras el hanout bitters and pomegranate. Our verdict – the classic, using Hendricks, a very good martini. The Rick’s martini is a martini with spice – so some warmth amongst the chilled spirit – definitely worth a try. Service – professional and friendly as you would expect for this genre of bar and the bar food is not the ‘usual peanuts’ – how about lavender infused olives with citrus gel. This is a great addition to the cool Sydney bar stable.
The Roosevelt in Potts Point will deliver a Sydney first when they offer a 5 course degustation menu with matching cocktails – and in a break from usual Sydney restaurant methodology – you book and prepay, one sitting at one time. More about that when the restaurant is open in a couple of weeks.
PS – A quick thought, I’ve been thinking this space has a feeling of those bright lounge bars that you might find in many a hotel around the country run by the big brewery groups. I, for one, was liking the very small cocktail bar or bar which is just a hole in the wall that really is just taking off in Sydney, but I guess horses for courses as they say?
This bar is very cool.