From Pub To Plush: Republic Hotel Unveils Refined Inna Lounge In The CBD

Drink, Sydney / 12 March 2024

Sydney’s iconic Republic Hotel gets a makeover! 

Sydney’s CBD is no stranger to lively bars and bustling pubs. But for those seeking a more refined after-work wind-down or a stylish rendezvous with friends, a new venue has emerged on the scene. Inna Lounge, nestled on the second floor of the historic Republic Hotel, offers a sophisticated and intimate space to enjoy expertly crafted cocktails and enticing bar snacks.

Stepping off the bustling streets of the CBD into Inna Lounge feels like a welcome transition. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, with plush leather booths and soft lighting creating a sense of quiet luxury. Marble tabletops and brass accents add a touch of elegance, while the exposed brick walls nod to the building’s rich history.

Inna Lounge bar snacks

Inna Lounge’s beverage menu is where the real magic happens. Here, classic cocktails are reimagined with a touch of playful nostalgia. The “Mayne Meal,” for instance, cleverly blends everyone’s favourite childhood chocolate drink, Milo, with the smooth sophistication of an espresso martini. For a taste of something fruity and refreshing, try the “Biscuit Tin,” a take on a peach cobbler complete with a delightful Arnott’s Scotch Finger garnish. The cocktail list extends beyond these whimsical creations, offering a well-curated selection of over 400 spirits and 200 wines to satisfy any palate.

Complementing the innovative cocktails is a menu of delectable bar snacks designed by chef Derek Bell. Expect an array of high-quality ingredients, from sustainable caviar served with potato crisps and crème fraiche to succulent Moreton Bay bug rolls with a touch of horseradish. Whether you’re looking for a light bite to accompany your drink or a more substantial post-work treat, Inna Lounge caters to all appetites.

Inna Lounge smoky cocktail

The Republic Hotel itself is a Sydney landmark, having served thirsty patrons since 1865. Inna Lounge represents the first stage of a multi-million dollar renovation for the iconic venue. The focus here, however, is on creating a distinct experience. While the Republic Bar downstairs maintains its traditional pub feel, and plans are underway for a new dining concept on the first floor, Inna Lounge offers a more intimate and elevated atmosphere.

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